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      Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Forcipiger flavissimus
      Max. size: 22.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 1 - 114 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific = Red Sea and East Africa 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.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 19-25; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 17-19. F. flavissimus has relatively shorter snout with a larger mouth, higher dorsal spine count, and absence of dark-centered scales on the thorax than F. longirostris.
      Biology: Common in exposed seaward reefs but also found in lagoon reefs. Solitary or in small groups of up to 5 individuals. Adults usually in pairs. Feeds on a wide variety of animal prey including hydroids, fish eggs, small crustaceans but prefers tube feet of echinoderms, pedicilaria of sea urchins, and polychaete tentacles. Second most important export in Hawaii.
      Aquarium Care: Will eat tubeworms, nip at sea urchin tubefeet, and some reports in the wild of eating stony and soft corals (however, most cases indicate corals are ignored). A hardy fish that acclimates well to captive life, and usually begins to feed shortly after introduction. Will act aggressively to members of the same or similar species. Does best in a peaceful tank, but can be kept with moderately aggressive tankmates (if F. flavissimus is first in the tank). The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish will point its dorsal spines toward a harassing aggressor. Best if kept one per tank.
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