Scientific Name
Naso brevirostris  
Naso brevirostris短吻鼻魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Cuvier, 1829) Depth 2 - 46M
Chinese 短吻鼻魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 刺尾鯛科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F470 Acanthuridae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 短吻鼻魚 
Max Length 60 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 剝皮仔、打鐵婆、獨角倒吊、天狗鯛、鬼角(臺東)、老娘(澎湖)、掛角狄(澎湖) 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South、PonFu、ShaoLiuChew、LanI Is.、Greeb IS.、Tung Sa IS.、Nan Sa IS. 
Habitats Coral、Estuary、Coastal、Lagoon、
Holotype Locality Moluccas,Mauritius and New Guinea 
Synonyms Cyphomycter coryphaenoides, Naseus brevirostris, Naseus brevirostris, Naso brevirostris   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea(Randall et al.,1990)  Randall, J. E., G. R. Allen etc. 1990 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List ASIZP0059168. ASIZP0059406. ASIZP0060984. ASIZP0066510. ASIZP0070759. ASIZP0801420. ASIZP0806730. ASIZP0900040. ASIZP0911420. ASIZP0916730. FRIP21142. FRIP21306. FRIP22372. NMMBP03355. NMMBP08544. NMMBP08599. NMMSTP00178. NTUM01183. NTUM01304. USNM00195655.  
Barcode2008-03-24,Kui-Ching Hsu,CO1,100%
Common Name Shortnosed unicorn tang; Short-nosed unicornfish; Shortnose unicornfish; Shortsnout unicornfish; Short-snouted unicornfish; Shortnosed kala; Spotted unicorn; Spotted unicornfish; Unicorn fish; Brown unicornfish; Longnose unicornfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Dorsal-fin rays VI, 27-29 ; anal-fin rays II, 27-29 ; pectoral-fin rays 16-17; pelvic-fin rays I,3. Body bluish grey to olivaceous brown, commonly pale anteriorly and on cheek and throat; short irregular lines on sides of body; diagonal lines on horn; lip edges blue. Subadults with dark spots on head and body. Juveniles lack the prominent horn of adults.
habitats Common species, usually in small groups but form large schools in oceanic locations or along reefs subject to strong currents. Feeds on benethic algae when young, but with the development of the horn, the food habits shift principally to zooplankton. Pair 
Distribution Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the Hawaiian, Marquesan and Ducie islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island; throughout Micronesia. Taiwan: South, Hsiaoliuchiu, Lanyu, Lyudao.  
Utility Commercial fishery and aquarium species.