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n. pl. surgeonfish or sur·geon·fish·es
Any of various brightly colored tropical marine fishes of the family Acanthuridae, having a laterally compressed body with one or more sharp erectile spines near the base of the tail, and often kept in home aquariums. Also called tang.

[From its lancetlike spines, which resemble surgeons' instruments.]


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any tropical marine spiny-finned fish of the family Acanthuridae, having a compressed brightly coloured body with one or more knifelike spines at the base of the tail
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.surgeonfish - brightly colored coral-reef fish with knifelike spines at the tailsurgeonfish - brightly colored coral-reef fish with knifelike spines at the tail
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
Acanthurus chirurgus, doctorfish, doctor-fish - surgeon fish of the West Indies
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SOHAL SURGEONFISH Red Sea, Egypt A beautiful fish, but along its back lies a concealed, razor-sharp set of spines that become erect when they feel threatened, and can inflict a serious cut.
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Why: Here, snappers, surgeonfish, octopus and morays are commonly found playing hide and seek in the coral gardens.
Stingrays, reef sharks, colorful triggerfish, tangs, surgeonfish, and the ubiquitous scissortail sergeant major greeted us in the warm water.
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Biology of surgeonfish Acanthurus nigrofuscus with emphasis on changeover in diet and annual gonadal cycles.
Making memorable appearances are an absentminded surgeonfish, a hammerhead and a great white shark, voiced by Barry 'Edna Everage' Humphries.
Making appearances are an absent-minded surgeonfish, a hammerhead and a great white shark, voiced by Barry 'Dame Edna' Humphries.
There are forests of seaweed interspersed with brain, anemone, whip and honeycomb coral, surrounded by blue-spotted stingrays, humphead parrotfish, giant clams, surgeonfish, barracudas and hawksbill turtles.