Animal Species:Longnose Butterflyfish, Forcipiger longirostris (Broussonet, 1782)
The Longnose Butterflyfish has a compressed body and a very long snout. The species occurs throughout the Indo-West and Central Pacific.
Standard Common Name
Big Longnosed Butterflyfish, Long-bill Pipe-snouted Butterfly Fish, Very-long-nose Butterflyfish
The Longnose Butterflyfish has a compressed body and a very long snout. It resembles the Forcepsfish, F. flavissimus, but can be distinguished by its longer snout, smaller mouth gape, number of dorsal fin spines (10-11 vs. 12-13 in the Forcepsfish) and by rows of small black spots on the breast. These spots are unusually pale in the fish in the image.
The species grows to 22 cm in length.
The species occurs throughout the Indo-West and Central Pacific. In Australia it is known from off north-western Western Australia and from the northern Great Barrier Reef.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
The Longnose Butterflyfish is found on coral reefs.
- Allen, G.R., Steene, R. & M. Allen. 1998. A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes. Odyssey Publishing/Tropical Reef Research. Pp. 250.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Longnose Butterflyfish, Forcipiger longirostris, Chaetodontidae, yellow, black, white, 'normal fish', 10 cm - 30 cm, no pattern, coral reef, marine, adult, black face, long snout, transparent fin, black spot,