Naso elegans (Rüppell 1829)

Other Names: Blonde Naso Tang, Elegant Unicornfish, Indian Orange-spine Unicorn, Lipstick Surgeonfish, Lipstick Tang, Orangespine Unicornfish, Smoothheaded Unicornfish

An Elegant Unicornfish, Naso elegans, at Marsa Alam, Red Sea, August 2011. Source: Rick Stuart-Smith / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A grey unicornfish with a dark snout, a broad yellow bar above the eyes, a yellow dorsal fin with a narrow blue margin and a black submarginal band on the dorsal fin, dark brown anal and pelvic fins, a yellowish caudal fin with black upper and lower margins and a black submarginal band.

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Dianne J. Bray, Naso elegans in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 Feb 2024,

Naso elegans (Rüppell 1829)

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Recorded at the Australian territories of Christmas Island and Cocos-Keeling Islands in the Indian Ocean. Elsewhere, the species occurs from from the Red Sea and east Africa, eastwards to Bali, Indonesia.


Dorsal fin VI, 26-30; Anal fin II, 27-30. Compared with females, males have larger caudal spines, and longer filaments on the caudal fin.


Herbivore - browses on macroscopic algae.


Dianne J. Bray

Naso elegans (Rüppell 1829)


Choat, J.H., McIlwain, J., Abesamis, R., Clements, K.D., Myers, R., Nanola, C., Rocha, L.A., Russell, B. & Stockwell, B. 2012. Naso elegans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T178004A1518077. Downloaded on 07 August 2016.

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CAAB Code:37437052

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-30 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:45 cm SL

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