Eyespot Surgeonfish (species: Acanthurus bariene) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Acanthurus bariene
Eyespot Surgeonfish

©Kendall Clements: Acanthurus bariene near the dropoff at South Island, Lizard Island Group. Note the yellowish bar behind the gill cover. Yellowish dorsal fin and white lips not visible in this photo.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Acanthuridae
Genus Acanthurus
Species Acanthurus bariene



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 50 cm (length according to Allen et al, 2003.)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



Kendall Clements observed several individuals of this species on the SE side of South Island in March 2018, often associated with Acanthurus dussumieri.

by Anne Hoggett


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Uncommon

Web resources


  • Clements, K.D. (1991). Gut microorganisms of surgeonfishes (Family Acanthuridae), Ph.D. thesis, James Cook University, Townsville. LIRS catalog number 321.
  • Clements, K.D., G.R. Russ, D. McB. Williams and A.M. Ayling (1988). A species list of the family Acanthuridae (Pisces) of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, with notes on latitudinal distribution patterns,manuscript only. LIRS catalog number 242.