Whitefin Surgeonfish (species: Acanthurus albipectoralis) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Acanthurus albipectoralis
Whitefin Surgeonfish

©Anne Hoggett: Acanthurus albipectoralis at Yonge Reef near Lizard Island. Note white edge to pectoral fin.

©Anne Hoggett: Acanthurus albipectoralis (foreground) in the channel at the south end of Yonge Reef near Lizard Island. The fish in the background is Acanthurus thompsoni (thanks to Kendall Clements for the identification).
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Acanthuridae
Genus Acanthurus
Species Acanthurus albipectoralis



Distinguishing features

Completely black except for a white band at the edge of the pectoral fin.


  • Up to 33 cm (length according to Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.