Fish Species

Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish

Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish - Description

The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish is also known as the Long-Snouted Coralfish or Forcepsfish. Its body is a vibrant yellow and it has a false eye just under its tail to fool predators. If threatened it will raise its spines! They are territorial so it is advisable to keep a single species in the marine aquarium, they are however peaceful towards other species of fish.

The Butterfly fish use their long snout to help them remove food from crevices, unfortunately they are not considered to be reef-safe but make a beautiful addition to a marine aquarium.

Popular Name: Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish
Species: Forcipiger flavissimus

Profile of the Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish species.

  • Size: 15 to 20cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.0 - 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Bloodworms, Shrimp, Dried and Frozen Foods

  • Temperament: Can be territorial with other butterfly fish

  • Habitat: Reef dwellers

  • Behaviour: Peaceful community fish

  • Range: Indo-Pacific and Eastern Pacific Oceans

Scientific Classification of the Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Forcipiger flavissimus

  • Popular Name: Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish - Forcepsfish - Long-Snouted Coralfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Chaetodontidae

Marine Fish Index

Facts about Fish Species - Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.

A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.


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