Forcipiger flavissimus

Long-nose butterflyfish | Forcepsfish | Long Snouted Butterflyfish | Yellow Long-nosed Butterflyfish
Forcipiger flavissimus
Forcipiger flavissimus, Coral Sea, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
Forcipiger flavissimus
Forcipiger flavissimus, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Forcipiger flavissimus
Forcipiger flavissimus, adult, Lizard Island, GBR, Photo: Joe Shields
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Forcipiger flavissimus
Forcipiger flavissimus
Forcipiger flavissimus


Temperate Africa, Temperate Australasia, Temperate South America, Temperate northern Pacific, Tropical Eastern Pacific, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Distinct long snout, yellow body and black spot on anal fin. Head black on top and white on bottom. Snout shorter than F. longirostris (Longnose Butterflyfish) which also has black spots on the white breast.


Max Size: 22 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 20.7-30.7°C

Depth: 2-145m

Habitat Generalization Index: 18.62

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Common (21.9% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (2 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.