Mature specimen at Honolulu Harbor

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The Unicornfish lives in the reef-associated, marine, depth range 3 - 120 m , usually 3 - 20 m environment.

unicornfish because some of the species have a horn-like projection on the forehead. The term 'sailfin tang' is most often applied to the popular species in the Zebrasoma genus. More

Picture of a Bluespine Unicornfish or Unicorn Tang, Naso unicornis * Puzzles * Postcards Naso unicornis Photo © Animal-World: Courtesy Pavaphon SupanantananontLatest Reader Comment - See MoreI just got a unicorn tang and he seems to be settling More

Spotted unicornfish, Naso brevirostris Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Actinopterygii Order: Perciformes More

The unicornfish apparently does not possess this trait, although the ink gland is found in another lampridiform fish that is related closely to the lophotids, Radiicephalus elongatus. DISTRIBUTION Distributed widely in warm waters of all oceans. More

rays), shorter caudal fin (in small unicornfish the caudal is less than half as long as the body, while in young orange filefish it is more than half as long), and in color. The dorsal spine may be serrated in young fish, but it is smooth in adults. More

unicornfish on November 19, 1999 while handlining with bait off Kohala on the Big Island in 75 fathoms of water. More

The Bluespine Unicornfish, also known as the Unicorn Tang, is blue-green to olive in color, with a blue edge on the dorsal and anal fins. Two bright blue dots appear at the peduncle spines near the tail. More

Bignose Unicornfish, has a brown to purple body color when an adult. In the juvenile, the color graduates from lighter, dorsally, to darker, ventrally. It has vertical markings on the body and blue highlights. More

A close relative of the tangs and surgeonfish, the unicornfish is also a common inhabitant of Indo Pacific, Red Sea and East African reefs. They are even found off the waters of Hawaii and Japan. These herbivores look much like tangs. More

Common names

Alutera pisana in Polish (polski)
Aluterus scriptus in French (français)
Baliste écriture in French (français)
Barat-barat in Malay (bahasa Melayu)
Bekrapte leerbaadjie in Afrikaans
Bourse écriture in French (français)
Bourse graffiti in French (français)
Bourse loulou in French (français)
Bourse-écriture in French (français)
Broom-tail file in English
Broomtail filefish in English
Cabra in Creole, Portuguese
Cabra in Creoles and Pidgins, Portuguese
Cabra in Portuguese (Português)
Cabrinha in Creole, Portuguese
Cabrinha in Creoles and Pidgins, Portuguese
Cabrinha in Portuguese (Português)
Cachua in Spanish (español)
Cachúa lija azul in Spanish (español)
Cangulo de areia in Portuguese (Português)
Cangulo-pavão in Portuguese (Português)
Cangulo-velho in Portuguese (Português)
Cangulovelho in Portuguese (Português)
Chien katounou in French (français)
Falala in Samoan (gagana fa'a Samoa)
Fathi-rondu in Mahl
Filefish in English
Langhalet filfisk in Danish (dansk)
leatherjacket in English
lija in sp
lija in Spanish (español)
Lija trompa in Spanish (español)
Lioma in Austronesian (Other)
Lioma in Carolinian
loulu in Hawaiian
Navuvuyas in Other
Paal in Austronesian (Other)
Paal in Carolinian
Pakol in Waray-waray
Panitan in Waray-waray
Papae in Tongan
Paratet in Austronesian (Other)
Paratet in Carolinian
Pareva in Tahitian (Reo Mā`ohi)
Pariyen in Austronesian (Other)
Pariyen in Carolinian
Peixe-porco-galhudo in Portuguese (Português)
Pez lija puntiazul in Spanish (español)
Phwa in Kumak
Porgo rabiscado in Portuguese (Português)
Puerco de altura in Spanish (español)
Puerco de lijatrompa in Spanish (español)
ravi in Fijian (vosa Vakaviti)
Sagok-sok in Surigaonon
Sagoksok in Cebuano
Sagugsok in Davawenyo
Samarang in Maranao/Samal/Tao Sug
Samarang in Tagalog
Schrift-Feilenfisch in German (Deutsch)
Scrawled Fiiefish in English
scrawled filefish in English
Scrawled leatherjacket in English
Scrawled tilefish in English
Scribbled filefish in English
Scribbled fish in English
Scribbled leather jacket in English
Scribbled leatherjacket in English
Scribbled leatherjacket filefi in English
Scrolled filefish in English
Sôshihagi in Japanese (日本語)
Sulay bagyo in Tagalog
Sulay bagyo in Visayan
Sulyo bagyo in Visayan
Tato kambing in Malay (bahasa Melayu)
Te kabanei in Gilbertese
Te kabanei in Kiribati
Tiwarik in Tagalog
Tobaccofish in English
Ume-aleva in Samoan (gagana fa'a Samoa)
Unicornfish in English
Unicornios in Spanish (español)
乌达婆 in Mandarin Chinese
剝皮魚 in Mandarin Chinese
剥皮鱼 in Mandarin Chinese
奥氏鲀 in Mandarin Chinese
奧氏魨 in Mandarin Chinese
拟态革鲀 in Mandarin Chinese
擬態革魨 in Mandarin Chinese
烏達婆 in Mandarin Chinese
長尾革單棘魨 in Mandarin Chinese
长尾革单棘鲀 in Mandarin Chinese
날개쥐치 in Korean (한국어)

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Order : Tetraodontiformes
Family : Monacanthidae
Genus : Aluterus
Species : Aluterus scriptus
Authority : Osbeck, 1765