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Updated 9/23/2013

Family Acanthuridae


Acanthurus xanthopterus

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 4 feet


Kailua Bay, Hawaii, 30 feet

Kailua Bay, Hawaii, 30 feet


Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 8 feet

YELLOWFIN SURGEONFISH         pualu         Kurohagi

Aggregations are common in sheltered bays and harbors.  Blue-gray with a pale band on the caudal peduncle, yellow pectoral fins and a small black caudal spine.  Attains 25 inches.  Feeds upon buried invertebrates and algae. Hawai'i, the Indo-Pacific, and Tropical Eastern Pacific.