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CAAB: 37437015

Species Acanthurus nigros Günther, 1861

Greyhead Surgeonfish, Bluelined Surgeonfish, Grey-head Surgeonfish



Recently removed from synonymy with Acanthurus nigroris, which is endemic to the Hawaiin Islands, based on molecular work (see Randall et al. 2011).





Extra Distribution Information

Great Barrier Reef off Townsville, (18°30'S) to One Tree Island, QLD and Coringa-Herald Cays, Lihou Reef and Frederick Reef, Coral Sea, record from Cocos (Keeling) Islands is a misidentification of A. nigrofuscus; tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Northeast Province (18), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Other Regions

Coral Sea Islands Territory

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Coral reef, inshore, marine.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
11-Jun-2013 11-Jun-2013 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)