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Long-Nose Butterflyfish
Forcipiger flavissimus
12 cm

Where Long-Nose Butterflyfish are found. Map from GBIF.
Count Log
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Encyclopedia of Life
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I like being with other Longnose Butterflyfish. You can find me swimming in small groups or with my partner. When I find my mate I stay with them for life! Because my body is so flat, it is easy for me to swim in and out of tiny openings in the coral. I am active and looking for food during the day. When I am resting at night, my bright yellow color darkens, so I am not easily seen.
Fun Facts
I may be small, but I am a tricky fish! Do you see that black spot on my tail? That is my false eye. And my real eye is covered with a black line. When predators see me they think my head is my tail and my tail is my head! Confused? Good! That gives me more time to escape.
My favorite things to eat are sea urchins, small sea stars, tiny crabs, and tiny shrimps. I will also eat tiny animals in the sea called zooplankton. And if I'm really hungry, I will eat turf algae. Because I eat both plants and animals, I am an omnivore.
People hunt me to sell for aquariums, but I don't make a good pet. I cannot lead a full and happy life in a small aquarium! Reefs are in danger, and that means so is my home!