- "I caught a surgeonfish! It's cobalt blue and beautiful!" —City Folk
- "I caught a surgeonfish! It was a simple operation, though!" —New Leaf
|Scientific name||Paracanthurus hepatus|
|Family||Acanthuridae - Surgeonfish|
|Time of year||April to September|
|Time of day||All day|
|Size||12.40 in. (37 cm)|
|Sale price||1,000 Bells|
|Appearances|| Animal Crossing: City Folk,|
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
|Regional names|| ナンヨウハギ Nan'yōhagi |
|Animal Forest||Not Present|
|Animal Crossing||Not Present|
|Dōbutsu no Mori e+||Not Present|
|Animal Crossing: Wild World||Not Present|
|Animal Crossing: City Folk||42|
|Animal Crossing: New Leaf||46|
Donating to the Museum
In City Folk
Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:
"For future reference, I recommend you remember surgeonfish and coral as a set, wot wot? These bright fish have blue bodies and yellow tail fins, and they make their home in the southern seas. ...And what delightful, easygoing expressions they wear! I feel relaxed just looking at them!"
In New Leaf
In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list 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. "
| ''Usually found around reefs, these will hide if startled."|
The surgeonfish, surgeon for short, also known as the Regal fish, but far better known as the Blue Tang, is a tropical fish that lives in areas such as Japan, East Africa, Samoa, New Caledonia, and even the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. It makes a great partner with the Clownfish and Butterflyfish (both bright, colorful fish).
They change color when spawning, from a deep blue to a pale blue. The eggs hatch within 24 hours of fertilization, revealing small larvae with silvery abdomen. They are are inedible to humans, with a foul smelling flesh and taste, and are poisonous. They can, however, be used as a type of bait. It can easily protect itself using spines located near its tail, which extend when the fish is excited or threatened. It will slash sideways towards a predator and can cause deep wounds allowing venom to seap in, which can cause infections.
The Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo famously features a surgeonfish named Dory.