The White Lipped Surgeonfish (Acanthurus leucocheilus) is also known as the White Faced Surgeonfish, Pale Lipped Surgeonfish, White-spine Surgeonfish, White-spine Tang and White-spine Tang.
They are one of the more aggressive tangs in the hobby. It has a blackish-brown body with a white band across its chest and a mouth ringed with bluish-white markings.
In its natural habitat, the White Lipped Surgeonfish is generally found singly or in groups in shallow protected, clear water seaward reef slopes and drop-off's.
They require a larger aquarium with plenty of water movement for swimming and large amounts of live rock to provide both hiding places and a feeding ground.
Pale Lipped Surgeonfish 15-20 cm
White Lipped Surgeonfish
Scientific Name Acanthurus leucocheilus Origin Indo-Pacific, Maldives Max Size 35 cm Reef Safe Yes Min Tank Size Medium-Large Diet
Care Level Moderate Temperament Semi Aggressive