Acanthurus dussumieri

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Acanthurus dussumieri
Acanthurus dussumieri, QLD, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Acanthurus dussumieri
Acanthurus dussumieri, juvenile, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Acanthurus dussumieri
Acanthurus dussumieri, adult, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Acanthurus dussumieri
Acanthurus dussumieri
Acanthurus dussumieri


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Dark body with fine pale lines, white tail spine with black margin, yellow band at tail base, tail bluish with dark spots, yellow dorsal fin with blue line at base, fine wavy blue lines on face and orange/yellow blotch over and between eyes. Single or in small groups around steep outer reefs and drop-offs.


Max Size: 54 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 17.4-31.1°C

Depth: 4-131m

Habitat Generalization Index: 21.98

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Frequent (15.4% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (4 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields