Naso annulatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
Whitemargin unicornfish
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Acanthuridae (Surgeonfishes, tangs, unicornfishes), subfamily: Nasinae
Max. size:  100 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 60 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa, including the Mascarene Islands (Ref. 37792) to the Hawaiian, Marquesan, and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 5-5; Dorsal soft rays (total): 28-29; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 27-28. Plain brown or olivaceous in color, paler below; subadults with black caudal rays, narrow margins and white caudal filaments; pectoral fins with white distal margins (Ref. 3145). Description: Characterized further by adults having long, tapering horn on forehead; pair of bony plates on caudal peduncle that develop knife-like keels in adults; juveniles and subadult with white ring around caudal peduncle (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Juveniles occur in clear, shallow lagoon reefs at depths as little as 1 m; adults rarely seen in less than 25 m, encountered off outer reef drop-offs in small schools (Ref. 30573, 48637). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Feeds on large zooplankton during the day and shelter within the reef during the night; also benthic algae (Ref. 30573, 48637).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 04 May 2010 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  reports of ciguatera poisoning
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 15.07.92
Modified by: OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen - 24.01.08
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 30.08.94

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