Acanthurus lineatus

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Common Name
Clown Tang
Binomial Name
Acanthurus lineatus
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Acanthuridae
Genus: Acanthurus
Species: lineatus

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Common Names

  • Clown Tang
  • Striped Tang
  • Blue Lined Tang



Horizontal yellow and blue stripes down the side of the body edged in black. Similar pattern on the head but more random. The belly is pale blue/white.

Similar Species

Similar to A. sohal in pattern.

Maximum Size

To 38cm, although some describe a maximum size smaller in captivity.

Associated Organisms

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


A large and very active fish. It can be aggressive to other Acanthurus spp. or similar pattern/coloured fish.

Captive Care

Tank Size

Being a very active fish, a minimum 6 foot tank is recomended.

Water Flow

Most Acanthurus spp. enjoy high water flow to swim through.


How much lighting is required for it.


While predominantly a herbivore, will accept most frozen and dry aquarium foods.

Growth Rate

How quickly it will grow under various conditions.


Things that adversely effect it, such as bacterial infections, parasites etc.


Addition things / items that are important for care in captivity.




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


Does it have coral that it is not compatable with?


Is it compatable with other invertebrates such as molluscs, crustaceans and echinoderms?


In the wild, males are highly territorial and watch over groups of females. They are group pelagic spawners.

Local Ecology


Which oceans and reefs it is found.


Found on the reef fringe in high current areas.

Additional Information

Some additional notes on it that don't fit in the above sections.