Photos about surgeonfishes (Acanthuridae); including surgeonfish larvae and juveniles: November is larval fish recruitment time in the Solomon Islands and the reefs are loaded with juvenile surgeonfish. Juvenile striped surgeonfish (Acanthurus lineatus) are especially common on open ocean reef flats in less than 3 feet of water. This is one of my favorite Acanthurids. Solomon Islands.Cultured surgeonfish (Acanthuridae) larva; 39 dph - 6.9 mm. Hawaii.Late stage surgeonfish larva at night in the ocean.Tangs and a parrotfish remove algae growing on a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). Hawaii.Yellow tang and brown tang clean a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) off the Big Island, Hawaii.School of yellowtail surgeonfish (Prionurus punctatus). Cocos Island. Costa Rica.The gorgeous juvenile Chevron tang, also know as Hawaiian bristletooth (Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis), is a popular aquarium fish. Adult chevrons are less attractive, which make them less desirable aquarium additions. Hawaii.Mixed surgeonfish species feeding aggregation off Kona - busy helping keep the rocks algae free and and the corals growing. What a sight! Hawaii.Juvenile blue tang (Acanthurus coeruleus). Bahamas.Ocean surgeonfish (Acanthurus bahianus). Bahamas.The Hawaiian endemic yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) is popular in the aquarium trade. The Chad Callan lab at the Oceanic Institute first cultured yellow tang in 2016 after many years of research - becoming the first to raise a surgeonfish species. The larval phase is about 60 days long. Hawaii.Cultured juvenile orangeband surgeonfish (Acanthurus olivaceus) raised in the laboratory for the Hawaii Larval Fish ProjectConvict tang (Acanthurus triostegus) grazing on a reef off Oahu.110-day-old convict tang (Acanthurus triostegus) juveniles raised in the laboratory for the Hawaii Larval Fish Project.Palette surgeonfish (Paracanthurus hepatus)Yellowfin surgeonfish (Acanthurus xanthopterus) schooling outside of Haunama Bay, Oahu Hawaii.A surgeon fish (Acanthurid sp.) larva settling on a reef. Fish larvae are highly vulnerable to predation at this stage on the reef. About 1 out of 10 post-larvae survive settlement to become juveniles. Indonesia.Juvenile surgeonfish hiding in seagrass. Papua New Guinea.Surgeonfish larva about to settle on a reef in the Solomon Islands.Bluetail unicornfish (Naso caeruleacauda) schooling on a reef. Papua New Guinea.Bluelined surgeonfish (Acanthurus nigroris) on a reef. Papua New Guinea.Bluetail unicornfish (N. caeruleacauda) schooling on a deep reef in Indonesia.Bluetail unicornfish (N. caeruleacauda) schooling together with yellowmask surgeonfish (A. mata) on a reef in Indonesia.Settling surgeonfish larva on the reef at night in Palau.A bignose unicornfish (Naso vlamingii) poses infront of a school of blackstreak fusiliers (P. tile) in blue water. Indonesia.Cultured convict surgeonfish larva tranforming into a juvenile.Surgeonfish larva on blackwater dive in Palau.