Naso (genus)

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Temporal range: Eocene to present[1]
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Short-nosed unicornfish, N. brevirostris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Acanthuridae
Genus: Naso
Lacépède, 1801

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Naso is a genus of fish in the surgeonfish family, Acanthuridae. Fish of this genus are known commonly as unicornfishes because of the "rostral protuberance", a hornlike extension of the snout present in some species.[2]

This genus is distributed across the Indo-Pacific from Africa to Hawaii.[3]


The 20 currently recognized species in this genus are:[4]



  1. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology 364: 560. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  2. ^ Dayton, C. (2001). Genetic evolution among selected members of the genus Naso (Nasinae), "unicornfishes" from Guam. Marine Biology 139(4), 771-76.
  3. ^ Borden, W. C. (1998). Phylogeny of the unicornfishes (Naso, Acanthuridae) based on soft anatomy. Copeia 1998(1) 104-13.
  4. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Naso in FishBase. December 2012 version.