Chocolate Surgeonfish (Acanthurus pyroferus)

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Chocolate Surgeonfish

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Juvenile Chocolate Surgeonfish

Acanthurus pyroferus

284 Litres (75 US G.)

17.8-20.3cm (7-8 ")


8.1 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Flake Foods
Other (See article)

8-10 years



Additional names

Chocolate Surgeonfish, Pacific Mimic Surgeon, Orange-Gilled Surgeonfish, Mimic Surgeonfish, Mimic Lemon Peel Tang

Additional scientific names

Hepatus pyroferus, Acanthurus armiger, Acanthurus celebicus

Sexing[edit | edit source]

These fish are difficult to sex visually.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A typical oval-shaped Tang which is yellow when juvenile. It has blue highlights around the eyes and gill covers, mimicking the Lemonpeel Angelfish (Centropyge flavissimus). When mature, the body colour darkens towards tan with red highlights forming around the eyes and pectoral fins. The dorsal, anal, and caudal fins take on the hues of green but remain tipped with the tan body colour.

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