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Shortnosed Unicorn Tang

Naso brevirostris

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Naso brevirostris
Class: Fish
Length: 60 centimeters
Life span: 8 to 12 years
Conservation status: Least concern
Number of offspring: Unknown

About

I LIVE IN THE INDO-PACIFIC OCEAN

The shortnosed unicorn tang can be found throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans from East Africa to Hawaii. This fish species typically inhabits areas of the ocean with rocky shores and reef drop-offs.


I AM AN HERBIVORE

Juvenile shortnosed unicorn tangs will often eat algae growing on the hard, rocky parts of the ocean floor. Adult shortnosed unicorn tangs stray away from algae and will begin to consume zooplankton, small aquatic organisms that move with the ocean current.


SHORTNOSED UNICORN TANGS ARE SOCIAL

The shortnosed unicorn tang is somewhat social and will often form small groups. They will sometimes gather in larger schools to forage together, as well as protect themselves from predators.


COLOR CHANGING CAPABILITIES

The shortnosed unicorn tang has the ability to change colors, a capability that is dependent on their mood. Their coloring capabilities range from a light blue to a dark grey-brown color.


HELPING THE SHORTNOSED UNICORN TANG IN THE WILD

By visiting the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, you are supporting local, regional, and global conservation.


I AM IMPORTANT TO MY ECOSYSTEM

The shortnosed unicorn tang helps maintain the balance of the reef. Their algae and zooplankton diet means they play an important role in controlling their growth and populations, something that boosts overall reef health.


 

Conservation

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