Spotted/Paletail Unicornfish Naso brevirostris

Spotted/Paletail Unicornfish
Spotted/Paletail Unicornfish
Spotted/Paletail Unicornfish
The Spotted Unicornfish is also called the Short-nosed (as is its taxonomic name, both refering to the horn) and the Paletail Unicornfish. There are problems with all of these names. As can be seen in the first image above, it's a travesty to call this fish with its elongated "fish finger" of a horn "short-nosed" or "brevirostris". The second image above shows the spots but they are not always visible on mature individuals and another species, the hornless Naso maculatus, also has Spotted Unicornfish as one of its names. Finally the Paletail refers to a tail that starts with a black spot where it joins the body and then is white (unlike the White-margined which has a darker tail with only a border of white) but the Blue-spined has an all white tail).
Spotted/Paletail Unicornfish
Spotted/Paletail Unicornfish
Spotted/Paletail Unicornfish
It is native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Its body is generally blue-grey to olive-brown with a spotted face, including the horn, and some spots or close stripes on the flanks and often a pale saddle. It can grow to 60 cm (2 feet) long.
Spotted/Paletail Unicornfish
Spotted/Paletail Unicornfish
Spotted/Paletail Unicornfish
Diet is mainly algae.