Scientific Name Naso vlamingii
Native To Tropical areas of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Habitat Inshore and outer reefs as well as lagoons
Diet Algae, zooplankton, and fish larvae
Size and Age 55 cm (22 in)
- Related to: surgeonfish; Family Acanthuridae
- Appearance: Similar to other in their genus, these fish have tall bodies with elongated dorsal and anal fins. However, instead of growing a long horn like other unicornfish, the adult Vlamingii tang has a rounded and bulbous snout. Their bodies are pale gray with blue stripes; the face and fins are yellow and blue.
- Behaviour: These fish form loose schools in reefs. They tend to be peaceful but can be aggressive to establish dominance for mating and territories. They will use the spines or “scalpels” on the base of their tail for defense and dominance displays.