The Orangespot Surgeonfish, also known as Orange-epaulette or Orange shoulder Surgeonfish, is one of easier surgeonfish species to care for in captivity. Juveniles show a solid yellow with only the slighest hint of blue fringing on the anal and dorsal fins. When it matures, the front half of the body turns light grey and the back half takes on a dark grey-blue color. Most striking is the eye-catching orange stripe above the pectoral fins. Adults also have a lyre-shaped caudal fin.
As a rule the Orangespot Surgeonfish is a reef-safe and peaceful community fish which may even be kept together with other tangs. It requires a tank setup with plenty of hiding places as well as plenty of swimming space for its well-being.
It grows rather fast and will reach a length of 14 inches (35 cm).
Feeding requirements see other Acanthurus species.
Acanthurus chrysosoma Bleeker, 1857
Acanthurus eparei Lesson, 1830
Acanthurus humeralis Valenciennes, 1835
Ctenodon erythromelas Swainson, 1839
Harpurus paroticus Forster, 1844
Hepatus chrysosoma (Bleeker, 1857)
Hepatus olivaceus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Rhombotides olivaceus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Rhombotides xanthosoma Bleeker, 1865
Teuthis olivaceus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Acanthuridae (Family) > Acanthurinae (Subfamily) > Acanthurus (Genus)