Longnose Butterflyfish (species: Forcipiger longirostris) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Forcipiger longirostris
Longnose Butterflyfish

©Lyle Vail: Forcipiger longirostris at Day Reef near Lizard Island. Note spots on underside of head.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Chaetodontidae
Genus Forcipiger
Species Forcipiger longirostris



Distinguishing features

Very long snout, such that eye is much closer to base of pectoral fin than to snout tip; distinctive colouration as shown, usually with small black spots on white section of breast.


  • Up to 22 cm (Total length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen and M.V. Erdmann, G.R. (2012). Reef fishes of the East Indies. Volumes I-III in: Reef fishes of the East Indies. Tropical Reef Research, Perth, Australia. LIRS catalog number 90162.
  • 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.
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