Spotted-face Surgeonfish (species: Acanthurus maculiceps) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Acanthurus maculiceps
Spotted-face Surgeonfish

©Kendall Clements: Acanthurus maculiceps on the front side of Hicks Reef near Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Acanthuridae
Genus Acanthurus
Species Acanthurus maculiceps

Distinguishing features

White caudal knife with dark margin, patch of yellow on distal third of pectoral fin, black streak behind upper gill cover, pale yellow spots on head, white bar at base of tail (Clements and Randall, 1996).


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Clements, K.D. and J.E. Randall (1996). Four new records of surgeonfishes (Perciformes: Acanthuridae) from the Great Barrier Reef, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 39(2): 339-342. LIRS catalog number 481.

Other references

  • Clements, K.D. (1991). Gut microorganisms of surgeonfishes (Family Acanthuridae), Ph.D. thesis, James Cook University, Townsville. LIRS catalog number 321.