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Naso minor  (Smith, 1966)

Slender unicorn
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Acanthuridae (Surgeonfishes, tangs, unicornfishes) > Nasinae
Etymology: Naso: Latin, nasus = nose (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 8 - 55 m (Ref. 10671).   Tropical, preferred ?

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Indo-West Pacific: Mozambique to the Philippines.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48637)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 5; Dorsal soft rays (total): 28-30; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 28. Fresh specimens with yellow caudal fin and blackish peduncular plate; preserved specimens uniform grey in color and dark fins (pectorals pale). Oblique groove on side of snout below nostrils, its length about equal to length of naked area enclosing nostrils (Ref 9808).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits coastal to outer reef slopes, usually swimming along upper edges of drop-offs in small schools (Ref. 48637). Descends from the water column to the reef front to be cleaned by Labroides dimidiatus (Ref. 4974). Feeds on benthic algae (Ref. 3145). Forms aggregations, feeding on zooplankton well above the bottom over or in the immediate vicinity of reefs. Males exhibit rapid and striking changes in color pattern during courtship (Ref. 10671).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Randall, John E. | Collaborators

Randall, J.E., 1994. Unicornfishes of the subgenus Axinurus Perciformes: Acanthuridae: Naso), with description of a new species. Copeia 1994(1):116-124. (Ref. 10671)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01862 (0.01069 - 0.03244), b=3.05 (2.90 - 3.20), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  2.6   ±0.29 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (35 of 100) .