Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Perciformes > Chaetodontidae > Forcipiger > Forcipiger flavissimus

Forcipiger flavissimus (Big long-nosed butterflyfish; Common longnose butterflyfish; Forceps fish; Forcepsfish; Long nose butterfly; Longnose butterfly fish; Longnose butterflyfish; Long-nose butterflyfish; Longnosed butterflyfish; Long-nosed butterflyfish; Long-nosed coralfish; Longsnouted butterflyfish; Yellow long nose butterfly)

Synonyms: Foreipiger flavissimus
Language: Afrikaans; Carolinian; Cebuano; Creole, French; Danish; Davawenyo; Fijian; French; Hawaiian; Japanese; Kagayanen; Malay; Mandarin Chinese; Samoan; Spanish; Swedish; Tagalog; Tahitian; Visayan; Waray-waray

Wikipedia Abstract

The yellow longnose butterflyfish or forceps butterflyfish, Forcipiger flavissimus, is a species of marine fish in the family Chaetodontidae.The yellow longnose butterflyfish is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific area from the eastern coast of Africa to Hawaii, Red Sea included, and is also found in the eastern Pacific Ocean from Baja California to the Revillagigedo Islands and the Galapagos.It is a small fish which grows up to 22 cm in length.This species can also be found in the aquarium trade.
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Maximum Longevity [1]  18 years

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Archipelago de Colon Biosphere Reserve 34336011 Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  
Christmas Island National Park II 21698 Christmas Island, Australia
Pulu Keeling National Park II 6469 Cocos (Keeling) Islands    


Parasitized by 
Aponurus chelebesoi[2]
Euryhaliotrematoides berenguelae[3]
Euryhaliotrematoides triangulovagina[3]
Mitotrema anthostomatum <Unverified Name>[2]
Pseudohaliotrematoides triangulovagina <Unverified Name>[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Artis Zoo
Budapest Zool.& Botanical Garden
El Paso Zoo
Florida Aquarium
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Minnesota Zoological Garden
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Ouwehand Zoo
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
San Antonio Zoological Gardens & Aquar
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Toledo Zoological Gardens
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Ctr
Zoological Society of London


American Samoa; Arabian Sea; Australia; Calamianes Islands; Chagos Islands; China; Christmas Island (Aust.); Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cook Islands; Coral Sea and GBR; Davao Gulf; East Central Australian Shelf; Easter Island; Ecuador; Egypt; Fiji Islands; French Polynesia; Galapagos Islands; Great Barrier Reef; Guam; Gulf of California; Hawaii (USA); Hsiao-liu-chiu; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa (Ref. 12484) 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; Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa (Ref. 12484) 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 (Ref. 5227, 11482).; Indonesia; Indonesian Sea; Insular Pacific-Hawaiian; Japan; Kenya; Kermadec Islands; Kimbe Bay; Kuroshio Current; Lingayen Gulf; Lord Howe Island; Lutao Island; Madagascar; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Mauritius; Mexico; Micronesia,Fed.States of; Milne Bay; Mozambique; New Caledonia; New Zealand; New Zealand Shelf; Norfolk Island; North Australian Shelf; North Marianas; Northeast Australian Shelf; Ogasawara Islands; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Southeast; Pacific, Southwest; Pacific, Western Central; Palau; Panay Gulf; Papua New Guinea; Persian Gulf; Peru-Galapagos Waters; Philippines; Polynesian Waters; Red Sea; Revillagigedo; Réunion; Samoa; Seychelles; Somali Coastal Current; Somalia; South Africa; South China Sea; Spratly Islands; Sri Lanka; Sulu-Celebes Sea; Tahiti; Taiwan; Tanzania, United Rep. of; Tasman Sea; Tonga; Tubbataha Reefs; Vanuatu; Viet Nam; Yellow Sea; Yemen;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
2Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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