Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish

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Description of the Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish

The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish is also known as the Long-Snouted Coralfish or Forcepsfish. Its body is a vibrant yellow and it has a false eye just under its tail to fool predators. If threatened it will raise its spines! They are territorial so it is advisable to keep a single species in the marine aquarium, they are however peaceful towards other species of fish. The Butterfly fish use their long snout to help them remove food from crevices, unfortunately they are not considered to be reef-safe but make a beautiful addition to a marine aquarium.

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Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish

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Popular Name: Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish
Species: Forcipiger flavissimus

Profile of the Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish species.

  • Size: 15 to 20cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.0 - 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Bloodworms, Shrimp, Dried and Frozen Foods

  • Temperament: Can be territorial with other butterfly fish

  • Habitat: Reef dwellers

  • Behaviour: Peaceful community fish

  • Range: Indo-Pacific and Eastern Pacific Oceans

Scientific Classification of the Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Forcipiger flavissimus

  • Popular Name: Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish - Forcepsfish - Long-Snouted Coralfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Chaetodontidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!

 

Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish slimy?
Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish have gills?
Gills enable the Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish

Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish

  • Interesting Information about Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish slimy?

  • Why do the Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish have fins?

  • Species: Forcipiger flavissimus

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