Scientific Name
Acanthurus thompsoni  
Acanthurus thompsoni黃尾刺尾鯛
by: Ching-Yi Chen
Author (Fowler, 1923) Depth 4 - 75M
Chinese 黃尾刺尾鯛 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 刺尾鯛科 Economic Fish No 
Family F470 Acanthuridae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 黃尾刺尾魚 
Max Length 27 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 倒吊、粗皮仔 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan North、North East、PonFu、LanI Is.、Greeb IS.、Tung Sa IS.、Nan Sa IS. 
Habitats Coral、Coastal  Holotype Locality Calapan, Mindoro I., Philippines 
Synonyms Acanthurus philippinus, Hepatus philippinus, Hepatus thompsoni, Teuthis thompsoni   
Reference Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea(Randall et al.,1990)  Fowler, H. W. 1923 Randall, J. E., G. R. Allen etc. 1990 
Specimen List ASIZP0060472.  
Common Name Whitetail surgeonfish; Thompson's surgeonfish; Thompson's tang; Chocolate surgeonfish; Chocolate surgeon 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Dorsal-fin rays IX, 23-26 ; anal-fin rays III, 23-26 ; pectoral-fin rays 17. Body brown to dark brown with a darker brown sport in axil of pectoral fin. At rear base of dorsal fin with a black spot; caudal fin colored like the body in Hawaii species but white in other locality species.
habitats Feed on zooplankton, particularly large gelatinous forms, and on fish eggs and crustaceans well above the bottom, or in the case of drop-offs, well away from the wall. Form schooling species occurs in steep outer reef slopes and drop-offs. 
Distribution Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Hawaiian, Marquesas, and Ducie islands, north to southern Japan, south to Rapa; throughout Micronesia. The Indian Ocean population is without the white caudal fin. Society and Mascarene Islands. Taiwan: Penghu, Lanyu, Lyud 
Utility Commercial aquarium species.