Photos about surgeonfishes (Acanthuridae); including surgeonfish larvae and juveniles: Surgeonfish larva in the ocean at nightSurgeonfish larva about to settle on a reef in the Solomon Islands.Ocean surgeonfish (Acanthurus bahianus). Bahamas.Juvenile blue tang (Acanthurus coeruleus). Bahamas.Mixed surgeonfish species feeding aggregation off Kona - busy helping keep the rocks algae free and and the corals growing. What a sight! Hawaii.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.School of yellowtail surgeonfish (Prionurus punctatus). Cocos Island. Costa Rica.Surgeonfish larva on blackwater dive in Palau.Settling surgeonfish larva on the reef at night in Palau.Bluetail unicornfish (Naso caeruleacauda) schooling on a reef. Papua New Guinea.Juvenile surgeonfish hiding in seagrass. Papua New Guinea.Cultured surgeonfish (Acanthuridae) larva; 39 dph - 6.9 mm. Hawaii.A bignose unicornfish (Naso vlamingii) poses infront of a school of blackstreak fusiliers (P. tile) in blue water. Indonesia.Bluetail unicornfish (N. caeruleacauda) schooling together with yellowmask surgeonfish (A. mata) on a reef in Indonesia.Bluetail unicornfish (N. caeruleacauda) schooling on a deep reef in Indonesia.Bluelined surgeonfish (Acanthurus nigroris) on a reef. Papua New Guinea.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.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.Yellow tang and brown tang clean a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) off the Big Island, Hawaii.Tangs and a parrotfish remove algae growing on a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). Hawaii.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.Palette surgeonfish (Paracanthurus hepatus)Cultured convict surgeonfish larva tranforming into a juvenile.110-day-old convict tang (Acanthurus triostegus) juveniles raised in the laboratory for the Hawaii Larval Fish Project.Convict tang (Acanthurus triostegus) larvae raised in the laboratory for the Hawaii Larval Fish Project.