Bignose unicornfish

Naso vlamingii
  • Class:
    Ray-finned fishes (Lat. Actinopterygii)
  • Order:
    Perch-likes (Lat. Perciformes)
  • Family:
    Surgeonfishes (Lat. Acanthuridae)
  • Maximum size:
    60 cm TL
  • Habitat:
    Reef-associated; depth range 1–50 m.
  • Climate:
    Tropical; 30°N–30°S, 30°E–89°W
  • Distribution:
    Indo-pan-Pacific: East Africa, north to southern Japan, south to the southern Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia.
  • Biology:
    Occurs in deep lagoon and seaward reefs. Usually found alone or in pairs. Forms mid-water aggregations off steep slopes during the day to feed on zooplankton. Has the ability to show or hide its blue markings.