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Orangespine Unicornfish (umauma lei)

Naso lituratus

Description:

No visible horn on this unicornfish, but beware of the forward facing spines on the tail, which are bright orange and very difficult to photograph. They just look like patches of orange but are very sharp. Grows up to 18 inches long.

Habitat:

Common in shallow water, it feeds on leafy seaweeds. There didn't seem to be any leafy greens where this one was swimming so I am not sure what he was feeding on that day!

Notes:

The beautiful Hawaiian name combines to mean chest garland.

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5 Comments

Thanks! I am so happy that I found another new world underwater to explore!

elaphrus
elaphrus 8 years ago

Such interesting trailing filaments on the tail!

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 8 years ago

Okay, I found one of my photos that shows the forward facing orange spines sticking out from the body just before the tail.

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 8 years ago

Yes it is Jean! I need more light on these underwater pictures but not sure how to do that!

JeanSawatzky
JeanSawatzky 8 years ago

Great name!

KathleenMcEachern
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KathleenMcEachern

Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Nov 21, 2012
Submitted on Jan 12, 2013

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