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    Species: Paracanthurus hepatus
    Class: D
    Synonyms: Acanthurus theuthis, Acanthurus hepatus, Paracanthurus theuthis, Teuthis hepatus
    Environment: Marine; reef-associated; depth range 2 - 40 m (Ref. 1602 ), usually 10 - 40 m (Ref. 27115 ) - Tropical; 24°C - 26°C (Ref. 27115 ); 30°N - 30°S, 32°E - 170°W
    Size/Weight/Age: Max length : 31.0 cm TL male/unsexed;
    Distribution: Indo-Pacific: East Africa, including the Mascarene Islands (Ref. 37792 ) to Kiribati, north to southern Japan, south to the southern Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, and Samoa.
    Description: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 19-20; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 18 - 19. Bright blue, yellow and black in color (Ref. 3145 ).
    Biology: Occur in clear, current-swept terraces of seaward reefs. Observed in loose aggregations 1 or 2 meters above the bottom; juveniles and subadults typical in groups near isolated Pocillopora eydouxi coral heads and when alarmed hide themselves tightly among the branches (Ref. 9710 ). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302 ). Feed on zooplankton and occasionally on algae (Ref. 9710, 48637, 27115, 83665). Relatively uncommon and highly localized (Ref. 1602, 9710). Very popular and hardy aquarium fish. Anterolateral glandular groove with venom gland (Ref. 57406 ).
    Data Sheet: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/Paracanthurus-hepatus.html
    WoRMS: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxlist&tName=Paracanthurus hepatus
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