Acanthurus japonicus

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Common Name
Japan Surgeonfish
Binomial Name
Acanthurus japonicus
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Acanthuridae
Genus: Acanthurus
Species: japonicus


Common Names

  • Japan Surgeonfish
  • Powder Brown Tang
  • White Faced Tang



Characteristics

Description

White cheek from mouth to eye, light brown body, white tail fin, black anal and dorsal fins black with the dorsal having a strip of orange. The light brown body is bordered in orange.

Similar Species

A. nigricans.

Maximum Size

21cm [1]

Associated Organisms

Anything that lives in symbiosis, parasitic or opportunistically with it.

Behaviour


Captive Care

Tank Size

A large growing fish that requires plenty of swimming space, 6 x 2 x 2 a minimum. Keep only one per tank.

Water Flow

Type and amount of water flow suitable for it.

Lighting

How much lighting is required for it.

Feeding

Grazes algae constantly on the reef. Provide a constant supply of nori.

Growth Rate

How quickly it will grow under various conditions.

Diseases

White spot can be a problem.

Other

Quarantine a must as susceptible to white spot and very finicky to get to feed initially.



Gallery



Compatibility

Fish

Does it have any fish that it should not be housed with?

Coral

Reef safe.

Invertebrate

Will not harm invertebrates.



Reproduction

How it reproduces, how suitable it is to breeding or captive propagation, techniques on how to etc.



Local Ecology

Distribution

Indo-West Pacific: Sulawesi (Indonesia) to Philippines and Ryukyu Islands. [1]

Habitat

Lives in large and small schools on the reef and clear lagoons.



Additional Information

Often labeled as hardy, forum discussions state differently.



Resources



References

  1. 1.0 1.1 (http://www.fishbase.org): Froese, R., Pauly, D. Fish Base, World Wide Web electronic publication, 2008, Retrieved: Feb 2009.