The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish (Forcipiger flavissimus) is a marine (saltwater) fish. It is also known as the Forceps Butterflyfish.
The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish is a square-shaped fish with a long nose. It is bright yellow with a blue-black edge and a black spot near its tail. It is black above its eye and cream-beige below its eye.
It grows to about 22 centimetres (9 inches) in length.
The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish is native to the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean from the waters of the Red Sea to Central America, and from east Africa to Hawaii. It prefers caves where it swims upside-down.
The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish eats crustaceans and worms.
It is territorial.
It forms a monogamous pair for life. The female lays eggs which are free floating in sea water.
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