The spotted unicornfish (Naso brevirostris) is one of the more unusual fish in the sea. Also known as the short-nosed unicornfish, it is found widespread throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans. This most prominent characteristic of this species is the hornlike extension of the snout. This horn is not found on the juveniles. It grows out as the fish matures. The spotted unicornfish dwells in rocky shore and reef habitats and grows to a length of 23 inches (60 centimeters). Juveniles feed on benthic algae while the adults feed on algae and zooplankton.
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