Acanthurus nigricauda Duncker & Mohr 1929,

Andréfouët, Serge, Chen, Wei-Jen, Kinch, Jeff, Mana, Ralph, Russell, Barry C., Tully, Dean & White, William T., 2019, Checklist of the marine and estuarine fishes of New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean, with 810 new records, Zootaxa 4588 (1), pp. 1-360: 300

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Acanthurus nigricauda Duncker & Mohr 1929


Acanthurus nigricauda Duncker & Mohr 1929  —Blackstreak surgeonfish ( Fig. 145View FIGURE 145)

Status at New Ireland. Originally described from Massau Island, St. Mathias Group as Acanthurus gahm var. nigricauda  by Duncker & Mohr (1929: 75), based on ZMH H.149 (lectotype, selected by Ladiges et al., 1958: 156). Specimens observed at Kavieng fish market in 2004–2005 by Jeff Kinch during CFMDP Survey, and by Barry C. Russell during 7–28 June 2014. A specimen photographed at Lissenung Island at 3 m depth by Dean Tully in Sept. 2015; a specimen observed at Balang Island, New Hanover, 0–18 m depth, St. T21, on 6 Nov. 2006, by Gerald R. Allen.

Distribution and habitat. New Ireland: 1, 2, 4.—General distribution: East and South Africa, Madagascar and Mascarenes east to Tuamotu Islands, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to Queensland ( Australia) and New Caledonia. Found in clear lagoon and seaward coral and rocky reefs around isolated coral heads; prefers sandy bottoms of bays and lagoons, 0–30 m depth. Marine.