Longfin Bannerfish (species: Heniochus acuminatus) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Heniochus acuminatus
Longfin Bannerfish

©Anne Hoggett: Heniochus acuminatus at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Heniochus acuminatus at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Heniochus acuminatus associating with Heniochus singularius at Osprey Islet, Lizard island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Chaetodontidae
Genus Heniochus
Species Heniochus acuminatus



Distinguishing features

Colour is distinctive as shown. Front of dorsal fin expanded into long tapering white filament. Second black band finishes behind the tip of anal fin. Usually solitary.


  • Up to 25 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1990). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Other references

  • Bellwood, D.R., S. Klanten, P.F. Cowman, M.S. Pratchett, N. Konow and L. van Herwerden (2009). Evolutionary history of the butterflyfishes (f: Chaetodontidae) and the rise of coral feeding fishes, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, doi 10.1111: j1420-9101200901904x. LIRS catalog number 1348.
  • Caley, M.J. (1991). Mechanisms of coexistence in communities of coral-reef fishes, Ph.D. thesis, University of Sydney. LIRS catalog number 307.
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