Appearance: The bluespine unicornfish has a distinctive appearance with a elongated body and a prominent horn-like projection on its forehead, which gives it the name "unicornfish." It has a vibrant blue coloration on its body and fins, with blue spines running along its back. The rest of its body is usually gray or brown.
Size: Adults can reach an average length of around 40-50 centimeters (15-20 inches), with some individuals growing slightly larger.
Distribution: This species is found in the Indo-Pacific region, including the Red Sea, the eastern coast of Africa, and the waters around Indonesia, the Philippines, and Australia.
Habitat: Bluespine unicornfish inhabit coral reefs and are typically found in clear, shallow waters with rich coral growth. They are known to inhabit both lagoon areas and outer reef slopes.
Diet: These fish are herbivorous and primarily feed on various types of marine algae and seaweed. They have a specialized mouth structure that allows them to scrape algae off rocks and coral.
Behavior: Bluespine unicornfish are generally peaceful and can be observed in small groups or individually. They are known to be active swimmers and often migrate over reef areas in search of food.
- Care level: Moderate
- Temperament: Semi-aggressive
- Diet: Herbivore
- Reef Compatible: Yes
- Family: Acanthuridae
- Minimum Tank Size: 360 gallons
Size: Medium: 2" to 3"