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Perciformes  -  Chaetodontidae  -  Forcipiger  -  Forcipiger flavissimus

Forcipiger flavissimus

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long thing snout
head - black above, white below
body + fins yellow



Forcipiger flavissimus Jordan & McGregor in Jordan & Evermann, 1898

Forcepsfish,     Longnose butterflyfish

Body a strongly compressed oval disc, greatest body depth 1.9-2.4 in SL; mouth small, with a distinct gape (hence forceps-like), at end of a long, slender snout that is ~ 50-60% of head depth; teeth long and slender; dorsal fin with XII spines, deeply notched between the spines, 22-24; anal rays III, 17-18; tail edge straight to rounded; lateral line complete, with 74-80 scales; scales rough, covering dorsal and anal fins as well as head and body.

Bright yellow; upper half of head and nape black, white below; a black spot on anal fin just below base of caudal fin.

Size: to 22 cm.

Inhabits rock and coral reefs; feeds on hydroids, small crustaceans, tubed feet of echinoderms, pedicillaria of sea urchins, and polychaete tentacles.

Depth: 1-145 m.

East Africa to the America; the SW Gulf of California; the Revillagigedos, Galapagos, Clipperton and Malpelo.

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