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Longnose Butterfly
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Family: Chaetodontidae
Range: Indo-Pacific
Size: Up to 9 inches
Diet: Carnivore
Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants
Reef Compatible: With caution
Tank Conditions: 72-78ºF; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4
Minimum Tank Capacity: 70 gallon
Light: High
Temperament: Peaceful
Swimming Level: No specific level
Care Level: Moderate
Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

  Forcipiger flavissimus
  Reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 1 - 114 m
Climate / Range

Tropical; 36°N - 32°S, 30°E - 79°W
  Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the Hawaiian and Easter islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island; throughout Micronesia. Eastern Pacific: southern Baja California, Mexico and from the Revillagigedo and Galapagos Islands.

Dorsal spines (total): 12 - 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 19 - 25; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 17 - 19. F. flavissimus has relatively shorter snout with a larger mouth, higher dorsal spine count, and absence of dark-centered scales on the thorax than F. longirostris.


Common in exposed seaward reefs but also found in lagoon reefs (Ref. 9286). Benthopelagic. Solitary or in small groups of up to 5 individuals (Ref. 9286). Adults usually in pairs. Feed on a wide variety of animal prey including hydroids, fish eggs, small crustaceans but prefers tube feet of echinoderms, pedicilaria of sea urchins, and polychaete tentacles. Oviparous (Ref. 205), monogamous (Ref. 52884). Form pairs during breeding. Second most important export in Hawaii.

The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish, or Forceps Fish, can be found singly or in schools on reef flats and slopes of the Indo-Pacific region. It has a long snout for picking food out of crevices and between coral heads. The Longnose Butterflyfish has a yellow body. The color of its head is divided horizontally. The upper half of the head, at the very top of the mouth through the top of the head is black. The lower half is white. It is a fairly large Butterflyfish in the wild, but remains a medium-sized fish in the home aquarium.

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