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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Acanthuridae Surgeonfishes, tangs, unicornfishes
Subfamily: Prionurinae
Genus: Prionurus

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Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Prionurus biafraensis (Blache & Rossignol, 1962)

Photo by Photo by Wirtz, P.
 
Prionurus biafraensis
[Biafra doctorfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm SL
Prionurus chrysurus Randall, 2001

Photo by Photo by Großkopf, J.
 
Prionurus chrysurus
[Indonesian sawtail]



Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Prionurus laticlavius (Valenciennes, 1846)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Prionurus laticlavius
[Razor surgeonfish]



Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Prionurus maculatus Ogilby, 1887

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Prionurus maculatus
[Yellowspotted sawtail]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 70 cm TL
Prionurus microlepidotus Lacepède, 1804

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Prionurus microlepidotus
[Sixplate sawtail]



Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Prionurus punctatus Gill, 1862

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Prionurus punctatus
[Yellowtail surgeonfish]



Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Prionurus scalprum Valenciennes, 1835

Photo by Photo by To, W.-L.
 
Prionurus scalprum
[Scalpel sawtail]



7 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Prionurus biafraensis Biafra doctorfish Eastern Atlantic 20 TL 1962
Prionurus chrysurus Indonesian sawtail Western Pacific 30 SL 2001
Prionurus laticlavius Razor surgeonfish Eastern Central Pacific 60 TL 1846
Prionurus maculatus Yellowspotted sawtail Southwest Pacific 45 TL 1887
Prionurus microlepidotus Sixplate sawtail Western Pacific 70 TL 1804
Prionurus punctatus Yellowtail surgeonfish Eastern Central Pacific 60 TL 1862
Prionurus scalprum Scalpel sawtail Northwest Pacific 50 TL 1835



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