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Short-nosed unicornfish

Naso brevirostris


About 30-40 cm long.


Just outside of the reef at the depth of few meters.

1 Species ID Suggestions

SargonR 3 years ago
Short-nosed unicornfish
Naso brevirostris Short-nosed unicornfish - Wikipedia

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remkinloch 3 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD - and so pleasing to have an ID. A fantastical fish!

Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 3 years ago

I'm very happy to share my spottings with all of you. Thank you 馃榾

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 years ago

Interesting fish. Thanks for sharing this well deserved SOTD. Congratulations Marek!

Fantastic find Marek,it's a amazing rare animal,congrats on the well deserve SOTD and thanks for sharing your awesome encounters,great wwork.

SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

It is spottings like this one that make me thankful for the click that made me find PN. To think we share this Earth....and never will we meet face to face. But for this spotting I woulld not have known this species exists....the loss would have been all mine. All thanks to Marek Koszorek for sharing ...and to everyone on PN.

Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 3 years ago

Thanks Neil 馃榾

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Congratulations, Marek. This is an awesome spotting. Such an unusual creature.

Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 3 years ago

Thanks Daniele 馃榾 happy to share

triggsturner 3 years ago

Congrats Marek.

DanielePralong 3 years ago

You're on a roll this week Marek, your Short-nosed Unicornfish is our Spotting of the Day. With thanks to SargonR for his help with ID!

"You think that unicorns are the stuff of legends? They somehow do exist though, but only underwater. Meet the Short-nosed Unicornfish (Naso brevirostris), our Spotting of the Day! The genus Naso (from the Latin "nasus", meaning nose) comprises 20 species commonly known as unicornfish. They take their name from the horn-like protrusion on their forehead resembling that of the mythical horse-like animal. Only some species in the genus have this protrusion, while in others it is diminished or absent. Like other fish in the family Acanthuridae (surgeonfish and tangs) they posses sharp scalpel-like spines where their tail meets their body. All these features help unicornfish defend against predators and fight off other herbivore species competing for algae. The Short-nosed Unicornfish is widespread throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans".



Marek Koszorek
Spotted by
Marek Koszorek

迚蕨迧蕃, Maldives

Spotted on May 10, 2018
Submitted on May 10, 2018

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