Fish Species

Clown Surgeon Fish

Clown Surgeon Fish - Description

The Clown Surgeon Fish is known by a variety of names including Striped Surgeon,  Lined Surgeonfish, Blue-banded Surgeonfish, Bluelined Surgeonfish and Bluebanded.

The bottom part of its body is plain and the rest of its body is covered in yellow and blue stripes. It is a very territorial, its caudal spine is venomous and can give a painful wound.

Popular Name: Clown Surgeon Fish
Species: Acanthurus lineatus

Profile of the Clown Surgeon Fish

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Clown Surgeon Fish species.

  • Size: Up to 38cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp 24-30 Degrees. PH 8.1 - 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Plant based food (Herbivore) but also eats small crustaceans

  • Temperament: Found in schools with a dominant male

  • Habitat: Reef Dweller at depths of up to 15m

  • Behaviour: Territorial Fish

  • Range: Indo-Pacific

Scientific Classification of the Clown Surgeon Fish

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Acanthurus lineatus

  • Popular Name: Clown Surgeonfish - Striped Surgeon - Lined Surgeonfish - Blue-banded Surgeonfish - Bluelined Surgeonfish - Bluebanded

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Acanthuridae

Aquarium Fish Index

Facts about Fish Species - Clown Surgeon Fish

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.


A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.

The species detailed on this website are Tropical, Saltwater, Aquarium , Marine , Pet , Pond, Clown, Koi,
Beta (Betta), Gold Fish (Goldfish), Star, Angel, Puffer, Discus, Piranha, Rainbow, Parrot, Crustaceans, Sea Anemones and Coral.

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