Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    longiceps
    Genus
    Hipposcarus
    Family
    Scaridae
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 40 cm in length.

Introduction

Mature Pacific Longnose Parrotfish are light blue with orange scale margins. The upper lip is orange and the fins are blue and orange.

Identification

Mature Pacific Longnose Parrotfish are light blue with orange scale margins. The upper lip is orange and the fins are blue and orange.

Distribution

It is found on coral reefs of the Western Pacific.

In Australia it occurs from the coast and offshore reefs of north-western Western Australia and from the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

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.

Hipposcarus longiceps

Ozcam map of Pacific Longnose Parrotfish specimens in the Australian Museum. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=Hipposcarus%20longiceps&zoom=off#mapView

References

  • Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  • Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
  • Choat, J.H. & J.E. Randall. 1986. A Review of the Parrotfishes (Family Scaridae) of the Great Barrier Reef of Australia with Description of a New Species. Records of the Australian Museum. 38: 175-228.
  • Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.