Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish

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Forcipiger flavissimus - Jordan & McGregor, 1898
Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish

With a long snout and a bold attitude, this species is a favorite of marine aquarists. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This a wonderful aquarium fish and the hardier of two similar species, the other being Forcipiger longirostris, the Big Longnose Butterflyfish.

Family: Chaetodontidae

Other common name(s):

  • Longnose Butterflyfish
  • Forceps Fish
  • Longnose Butterfly

Native range:

Habitat: Reef, often under ledges and in caves, where it frequently orients its belly toward the walls or ceilings.

Maximum length: 22 cm (9 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 285 L (75 gal)

Water: Marine 21 °C (294 K, 70 °F) - 27 °C (300 K, 81 °F)

General swimming level: All levels.

[edit] Feeding

Carnivore. Offer mysid shrimp, frozen carnivore preparations, marine fish and crustacean flesh. Feed 2-3 times daily.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

May pick at coral polyps, especially large-polyp stony corals. Will often behave aggressively toward others of its own species. Keep singly except in larger systems.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Pelagic spawner. Captive breeding not yet recorded.

[edit] Notes

This is a very wide-ranging reef fish, absent only from the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Yellow Longnose ButterflyfishRDF feed
Common name Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish  +, Longnose Butterflyfish  +, Forceps Fish  +, and Longnose Butterfly  +
Family Chaetodontidae  +
Genus Forcipiger  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 9 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 75 gal  +
Native range Red Sea  +, Hawaii  +, Japan  +, Eastern Pacific  +, Baja California  +, Lord Howe Island  +, Easter Island  +, and Kermadec Island  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name flavissimus  +
Swimming level All levels.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 300 K (27 °C, 81 °F)  +
Water min temp 294 K (21 °C, 70 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +