English : Bignose unicornfish
French : Nason zébré
Class : Teleostei
Order : Acanthuriformes (sometimes still Perciformes)
Family : Acanthuridae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Adults can reach a maximum length of 60 cm. Unmistakable. Body coloration light olive-brown to almost black with bright blue dots and vertical stripes on flanks. Prominent hump on nose. Broad blue band from eye to nose, blue lips.
Range and habitat
The species occurs in the Indo-Pacific area from East Africa to Galapagos Islands, north to South Japan, south to Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia. Lives in deep Lagoon and seaward reefs, down to 50 meters.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species is still quite common within its huge range but declines have been noted because of habitat loss and over collection for trade.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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