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  Forcepsfish (Forcipiger flavissimus)





Forcepsfish | Forcipiger flavissimus photo
Forcepsfish photographed at the Underwater World aquarium, Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.

Forcepsfish | Forcipiger flavissimus photo
Forcepsfish photographed at the Underwater World aquarium, Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



FORCEPSFISH FACTS

Description
The Forcepsfish is a kind of Butterflyfish. The body is mainly yellow with black spot on anal fin near the tail. The upper half of head and snout is black with black going through the eye. The lower part of head and snout is whitish. (There is another similar species the Very-long-nose Butterflyfish, F. longirostris, with an even longer snout - the whole eye is black in this species.

Other Names
Long-nose Butterflyfish

Size
to 22cm

Habitat
clear coastal to outer reefs from shallow coastal lagoons to deep ocean drop-offs.

Food
small crustaceans, parts of echinoderms (starfish and the like), tentacles of bristle worms (polychaetes)

Range
from the Western Indian Ocean through to the Eastern Pacific. In Australia it is known from north-western Western Australia and from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland to northern New South Wales.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Chaetodontidae
Genus:Forcipiger
Species:flavissimus
Common Name:Forcepsfish