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Naso lituratus

Pacific Ocean. From Honshu in Japan to New Caledonia, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and the Red Sea. In the east: Hawaii, Pitcairn Islands, and French Polynesia.

The Naso Tang is gonochoristic species meaning their species contains two sexes, males and females. However, there are very few differences between males and females.
The colors of the Naso Tang change with their mood and surroundings.
Although normally seen as kind and gentle fish, they generally only attack others of their own species.

The Naso Tang is also referred to as the orangespine unicomfish. The Naso Tang is disc-shaped, a lateral compressed fish with one or more spines on each side of the caudal peduncle. The dorsal fin is continuous and unnotched. The caudal peduncle bears two forward-directed plates, which are bring orange. The majority of the body is made up of a grayish brown color complimented by black, yellow, and white marking along the body.

Habitat: Found among coral reefs, rocks, and rubble in lagoons and seaward reefs.
Diet: Dictyota and Sargassum (brown algae), seaweed, Enchytraeidae, grindal worms, mosquito larvae, tubifex, mysis, brine shrimp, and large-polyped corals.
Status: Not Evaluated
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Length: 16 in
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Reproduction & Offspring:

Little is known regarding Naso Tang breeding.


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