IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: unicornfish (English), pez-unicornio (Espanol)
Naso lituratus (Forster in Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Orangespine unicornfish

Body elongate, oval; snout pointed, slopes at about 45°; adult  without horn; mouth small, protrusible, low on head; teeth small, conical, tips slightly depressed & either smooth or with multiple small points; dorsal fin VI, 27-30; anal II, 28-30; pectoral 16-17 rays; pelvics I, 3; 2 pairs of cutting keels on plates on narrow tail base; tail concave, males with long filaments from top and bottom; scales very small, rough; lateral line complete.

  Cuerpo y cabeza gris café; labios anaranjados; hocico, espacio interorbital y detrás de la boca negro, con bordes amarillos; nuca amarilla; dorsal negra, con márgenes gris y blanco; placas filosas sobre la base de la caudal en 2 manchas anaranjadas; cola negra, con delgado margen amarillo; anal anaranjado, con líneas marginales delgadas negras y blancas; pélvica amarillenta; pectoral gris oscuro.
Size: 45 cm.

        Habitat: reefs and rocky shores; usually in sheltered habitats, although also on exposed outer reefs.

Depth: 0-35 m; juveniles usually 5-15 m; adults usually 5-20 m.

An Indo-Pacific species observed at Clipperton Island.


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