Scientific Name
Paracanthurus hepatus  
Paracanthurus hepatus擬刺尾鯛
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Linnaeus, 1766) Depth 2 - 40M
Chinese 擬刺尾鯛 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 刺尾鯛科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F470 Acanthuridae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 黃尾副刺尾魚 
Max Length 31 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 藍倒吊、剝皮魚、藍藻魚、Dory (多莉) 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South、LanI Is.、Greeb IS.、Tung Sa IS. 
Habitats Coral、Coastal  Holotype Locality Amboina 
Synonyms Acanthurus hepatus, Acanthurus theuthis, Paracanthurus theuthis, Teuthis hepatus   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea(Randall et al.,1990)  Randall, J. E., G. R. Allen etc. 1990 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List ASIZP0056415. ASIZP0069880. ASIZP0074449. ASIZP0804078. ASIZP0914078. NMMBP04401. NTMP0520. NTOU-AE6043. NTUM01270. NTUM01271. NTUM01273. NTUM01274. NTUM01275. NTUM01276. NTUM01277. NTUM08500. NTUM08501. NTUM08502. NTUM08503. NTUM08504. NTUM08530. ROM39388.  
Common Name Palette surgeon; Regal blue surgeonfish; Palette surgeonfish; Wedge-tailed tang; Wedgetail blue tang; Blue tang; Blue surgeonfish; Indo-pacific bluetang; Flagtail surgeonfish; Hepatus tang 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Dorsal-fin rays IX, 19-20 ; anal-fin rays III, 18-19 ; pectoral-fin rays 16 ; pelvic-fin rays I,3. Body bright blue with a black band curving upward from eye, broadening on body, continuing to full width of caudal peduncle, and containing a large elliptical blue aera centered above tip of pectoral fin, caudal fin yellow with broad black upper and lower margins.
habitats Usually found in clear water on exposed outer reef areas or in channels where there is consistent moderate to strong current. Juveniles and subadults typical in groups near isolated Pocillopora eydouxi coral heads and when alarmed, hide themselves tightly 
Distribution Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Line Islands, north to southern Japan, south to the southern Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, and Samoa. Taiwan: South, Lanyu, Lyudao.  
Utility Commercial aquarium species.