Forcipiger flavissimus also commonly referred as the Forcepsfish, Long Nose Butterfly or Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish is usually bright yellow in color. Right behind the pectoral fin is a lighter, white area. The snout of the Long Nose Butterfly is, as one might assume, quite long. It is thin, and the mouth opening is quite small. Their elongated snouts distinguish them from many other Butterflyfish. The Forcepsfish can reach from 18 up to 23 cm in length.
The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish is widly distributed among East Africa and America, from the central Gulf of California to Ecuador and the Revillagigedos, Galapagos, Clipperton and Malpelo. Inhabits rock and coral reefs, often found in pairs.
Forcipiger flavissimus have been known to nibble at certain corals, and may not be reef safe for this reason but the most individuals are reef safe, leaving corals alone. The nose length rule certainly applies here. Butterflyfish with longer noses prefer to feed on small invertebrates in cracks of rocks. Butterflyfish with short noses are much more likely to feed on corals, clams, and sponges. Most Long Nose Butterflies get along peacefully with other fish. However, pairs will often defend a territory from similar fish and it may be wise to keep only one pair of Long Nose Butterflies in one aquarium. Long Nose Butterflies are quite hardy and are often considered to be one of the best Butterflyfish for beginners.
Butterflyfish are not recommended for reefs as they will pick at or eat a wide variety of corals, fan worms, and other invertebrates. Most Butterflyfish are known to pick at Aiptaisia, a parasitic anemone.
Species: Forcipiger flavissimus