Yellow Longnose Butterfly
Scientific Name: Forcipiger flavissimus
Reef Compatibility: With Caution
Minimum Tank Size: 75 gal
Max Size: 8.5”
Notes:The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish is a fun fish to watch as it maneuvers about the aquarium looking for food items. It has a brightly colored yellow body accented with a black face mask and a prominent eye-spot at the tail. But its most distinctive characteristic is the elongated snout. Its extended snout is tipped with strong jaws that can be likened to a pair of needle nose pliers. Wielding this specially adapted beak it is quite adept at sniping off the tentacles of tube worms, picking up copepods and mysid shrimps, or foraging for other small prey morsels hiding in cracks and crevices. Thus it is also commonly known as the Long-nosed Butterflyfish as well as the Forceps Butterflyfish.
Although the Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish looks quite delicate and fragile, this is not the case. It is a good beginner butterfly fish that will readily attract attention. It is fairly hardy, will usually be a good eater, and is peaceful. With the careful selection of a healthy specimen this yellow beauty can adapt and do exceptionally well in the saltwater aquarium.