Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Orangespine Unicornfish

Orangespine Unicornfish
Watercolor, Pen and Ink on Arches 140lb. Hot Press
Matted in a 5x7'' Ivory Matt

Naso lituratus

The Hawaiian name for this fish is umauma lei, umauma meaning “chest” and lei, meaning “garland”, perhaps referring to the coloring and patterning around the eyes and mouth.  Ancient Hawaiians used this fish both for food and for their tough skin, which was used for drumheads.  The Genus name for this fish, Naso, comes from the Latin word nasus, which means “nose,” and the species name lituratus means “erased” or “blotted out”, referring to the fact that this is a hornless unicornfish.  These fish can live as long as 12 years.  The Orangespine Unicornfish measures up to 24 inches (60 cm) long and feeds on leafy seaweeds.  

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