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"I caught a surgeonfish! It was a simple operation, though!"

Scientific Name
Paracanthurus hepatus
Acanthuridae - Surgeonfish
Time of Year
Time of Day
All day
Selling Price
1,000 Bells

The SurgeonfishParacanthurus hepatus, is an uncommon oceanic fish that can be caught all day between the months of April and September. It can be sold for 1,000 Bells.


An information board in the aquarium will provide information about this fish.

"These tropical fish sport beautiful, yellow, traingular tails and elegant black lines on dazzling blue bodies. Personalitywise, the surgeonfish is actually rather laid back and timid. They seek out gaps in coral or between rocks for the greatest amount of protection while sleeping."

In real life[]


The Blue Tang is a tropical fish that can be found throughout the Indo-Pacific: East Africa, Japan, New Caledonia, and Samoa, and the Great Barrier Reef. It has a number of other common names attributed to it, such as Regal Tang, Palette Surgeonfish, Hippo Tang, Flagtail Surgeonfish, and Blue Surgeonfish.

Blue Tangs have a royal blue body, yellow tail, and black ‘palette’ design. The lower body is yellow in the west-central Indian Ocean. It can grow up to 30 cm. This fish is rather flat, like a pancake, with a circular body shape, a pointed snout-like nose, and small scales. As a juvenile, its diet consists primarily of plankton. Adults are omnivorous and feed on plankton, but will also graze on algae. Spawning occurs during late afternoon and evening hours. This event is indicated by a change in color from a uniform dark blue to a pale blue.