unicorn fish


unicorn fish

▪ Naso
also spelled  unicornfish, 

      any of certain exclusively marine fishes belonging to the genus Naso, in the family Acanthuridae (order Perciformes), occurring in the tropical Indo-Pacific region. The 17 species are herbivorous algae eaters. Unicorn fishes have a pair of sharp forward-pointing spines that protrude from the side of the tail shaft, and the fishes also have a long spike, a frontal horn, protruding from the forehead.

      The elongate Eumecichthys fiski, in the crestfish family Lophotidae (order Lampridiformes), is also called unicorn fish.

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  • Unicorn fish — Unicorn U ni*corn, n. [OE. unicorne, F. unicorne, L. unicornis one horned, having a single horn; unus one + cornu a horn; cf. L. unicornuus a unicorn. See {One}, and {Horn}.] 1. A fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; often represented in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unicorn fish — may refer to:* Fishes in the genus Naso in the family Acanthuridae. * Crestfishes in the family Lophotidae. * The unicorn grenadier Caelorinchus productus , family Macrouridae. * Scrawled filefish, Aluterus scriptus , family Monacanthidae …   Wikipedia

  • unicorn fish — Narwhal Nar whal (n[aum]r hw[.a]l), n. [Sw. or Dan. narvhal; akin to Icel. n[=a]hvalr, and E. whale. the first syllable is perh. from Icel. n[=a]r corpse, dead body, in allusion to the whitish color its skin. See {Whale}.] [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unicorn fish — vienaragė juostažuvė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Eumecichthys fiski angl. unicorn crestfish; unicorn fish rus. эуметихтис ryšiai: platesnis terminas – vienaragės juostažuvės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • unicorn fish — noun 1. : narwhal 2. a. : any of several surgeonfishes (genus Teuthis) of the Pacific ocean having a long bony hornlike projection extending forward from the skull above the eye b. : any of various filefishes having a long dorsal spine * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • unicorn-fish — n. (Ich.) Sea unicorn, narwhal, unicorn whale …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • unicorn fish —   Kala …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • unicorn-fish — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Unicorn — U ni*corn, n. [OE. unicorne, F. unicorne, L. unicornis one horned, having a single horn; unus one + cornu a horn; cf. L. unicornuus a unicorn. See {One}, and {Horn}.] 1. A fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; often represented in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unicorn bird — Unicorn U ni*corn, n. [OE. unicorne, F. unicorne, L. unicornis one horned, having a single horn; unus one + cornu a horn; cf. L. unicornuus a unicorn. See {One}, and {Horn}.] 1. A fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; often represented in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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