Ray-finned fishes (Lat. Actinopterygii)
Perch-likes (Lat. Perciformes)
Surgeonfishes (Lat. Acanthuridae)
60 cm TL
Reef-associated; depth range 2–122 m (usually 4–46 m).
Tropical; 29°N–36°S, 26°E–137°W
Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the Hawaiian, southern Japan.
Inhabit mid-waters along steep outer lagoon and seaward reef drop-offs. Also found along rocky shores Usually in small groups. Juveniles feed on benthic algae; adults feed on zooplankton.