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

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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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