Surgeonfishes

Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus)

Regal Blue Tang-Facts and Photographs

The Regal Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus) is also known as the  Blue Tang, the Palette Surgeonfish, the Hepatus Tang  and of course more famously as Dory from the Pixar movies "Finding Nemo" and "Finding ...
Sleek unicornfish (Naso hexacanthus) is also known as the Blacktongue unicornfish

Sleek Unicornfish -Facts and Photographs

The Sleek unicornfish (Naso hexacanthus) is also known as the Blacktongue unicornfish. In terms of numbers they are probably the most numerous Unicornfish in Tanzanian waters. Fishes within the Acanthuri...
Palefin Unicornfish (Naso brevirostris) also known as the Shortnose Unicornfish, and the Spotted Unicornfish

Palefin Unicornfish -Facts and Photographs

The Palefin Unicornfish (Naso brevirostris) is also known as the Shortnose Unicornfish,  and the Spotted Unicornfish. They are the most common Unicornfish in Tanzania. Fishes within the Acanthuridae fami...
Elongate Surgeonfish (Acanthurus mata) is also known as the Yellowmask Surgeonfish, Bleeker's Surgeonfish, the Mata Surgeonfish, the Pale Surgeonfish and the Striped Surgeonfish

Elongate Surgeonfish-Facts and Photographs

The Elongate Surgeonfish (Acanthurus mata) is also known as the Yellowmask Surgeonfish, Bleeker's Surgeonfish, the Mata Surgeonfish, the Pale Surgeonfish and the Striped Surgeonfish. Members of the Acanthur...
Brown Surgeonfish (Acanthurus nigrofuscus) is also known as the Blackspot Surgeonfish, Dusky Surgeonfish, Lavender Tang and Spot-cheeked Surgeonfish.

Brown Surgeonfish-Facts and Photographs

The Brown Surgeonfish (Acanthurus nigrofuscus) is also known as the Blackspot Surgeonfish, Dusky Surgeonfish, Lavender Tang and Spot-cheeked Surgeonfish. They are  common on the Tanzanian coast. Members ...
Eyestripe Surgeonfish (Acanthurus dussumieri) is also known as the Pencilled Surgeonfish, Dussumier's Surgeonfish, the Hawaiian Surgeonfish and the Ornate Surgeonfish.

Eyestripe Surgeonfish-Facts and Photographs

The Eyestripe Surgeonfish (Acanthurus dussumieri) is also known as the Pencilled Surgeonfish, Dussumier's Surgeonfish, the Hawaiian Surgeonfish and the Ornate Surgeonfish. Members of the Acanthuridae family...
Striated Bristletooth (Ctenochaetus striatus) is also known as the Lined Bristletooth or Striped Bristletooth or Surgeonfish

Striated Bristeltooth -Facts and Photographs

The Striated Bristletooth (Ctenochaetus striatus) is also known as the Lined Bristletooth or Striped Bristletooth. Being members of the Acanthuridae family, also known as Surgeonfishes they have a retractab...
orange-spine unicornfish (Naso lituratus) also known as the clown tang, masked unicornfish and barcheek unicornfish

Elegant Unicornfish -Facts and Photographs

The Elegant unicornfish (Naso elegans) also known as the Indian Orange-spine unicornfish and the Smoothead Unicornfish. They are not common on the Tanzanian mainland coast and are more common on Zanzibar an...

Powder Blue Surgeonfish-Facts and Photographs

The Powder Blue Surgeonfish (Acanthurus leucosternon) is also known as the Powder Blue Tang. The species gained international fame in the animated children's film by Pixar, "Finding Nemo" where one of the c...
Convict Tang (Acanthurus triostegusor) is also known as the Convict Surgeonfish

Convict Tang-Facts and Photographs

The Convict Tang (Acanthurus triostegusor) is also known as the Convict Surgeonfish, they are one of the smaller members of the surgeonfish family and are very common, mainly in shallower waters. Members...
Brushtail tang (Zebrasoma scopas) brown tang, twotone tang, scopas tang.

Scopas Tang-Facts and Photographs

The Scopas Tang (Zebrasoma scopas) is also known as the Twotone Tang, the Brown Tang and the Brushtail Tang.  Members of the Acanthuridae family have a retractable razor sharp spine on either side of the ca...
Lieutenant Surgeonfish (Acanthurus tennentii) is also known as the Doubleband Surgeonfish

Lieutenant Surgeonfish-Facts and Photographs

The Lieutenant Surgeonfish (Acanthurus tennentii) is also known as the Doubleband Surgeonfish and Tennents Surgeonfish. Members of the Acanthuridae family have a retractable razor sharp spine on either side...
Acanthurus lineatus common names lined surgeonfish, lue banded surgeonfish, blue-lined surgeonfish, clown surgeonfish, clown tang , pyjama tang, striped surgeonfish, and zebra surgeonfish,

Lined Surgeonfish-Facts and Photographs

The Lined Surgeonfish (Acanthurus lineatus) is also known as the Clown Surgeonfish, the BlueBanded Surgeonfish and the Striped Surgeonfish. Members of the Acanthuridae family have a retractable razor sharp ...
Twospot Bristletooth,Ctenochaetus binotatus also known as the Twospot Surgeonfish)

Twospot Bristletooth-Facts and Photographs

The Twospot Bristletooth, Ctenochaetus binotatus also known as the Twospot Surgeonfish. Being members of the Acanthuridae family, also known as Surgeonfishes they have a retractable razor sharp spine on eit...
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It’s Dory in Finding Nemo

Paracanthus hepatus, perhaps better known to many millions of people as Dory in the Disney Pixar films Finding Nemo and its sequel Finding Dory, is also known as a regal tang, a blue tang, palette surgeon f...
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Sohal Surgeonfish

A sohal surgeonfish (Acanthurus sohal) photographed in the Red Sea, in a seaward edge of a reef off the coast of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Sohal surgeonfish are a common species and feed on various kinds of a...
Ctenochaetus truncatus

A Lucky Tang

A spotted bristletooth tang (Ctenochaetus truncatus) swims across the inside reef off the coast of Bongoyo Island in Dar es Salaam. These fish start out their lives as bright yellow, and as they age they da...
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Surgeonfish at Jena Reef

Two reasonably sized surgeonfish, photographed while scuba diving at Jena Reef, off the coast of Mafia Island in Tanzania. The distinctive characteristic of this fish is the scalpel-like spines, one or more...

Unicornfish Headshot

Headshot of a silver unicornfish (Naso), photographed at uShaka Marine World in Durban. Several species of unicornfish have a hornlike extension of the snout which begins grown when a young fish reaches abo...
Zebrasoma flavescens

A Yellow Tang

Close-up of a yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens). Photo by Alan Sutton. See more photos at Surgeonfish, Tangs and Unicornfish....

Surgeonfish, Tangs & Unicornfish

The Acanthuridae family of fish include surgeonfish, tangs and unicornfish, living in tropical seas, generally around coral reefs. Most species are colorful and popular for aquariums. The distinctive characteri...
Powder Blue Surgeon

Powder Blue Surgeon

The powder blue surgeon (Acanthurus leucosternon) is also known as the powder blue tang and has an oval shaped body that is compressed laterally. As with the other surgeon fish it has a blade on the base of the...