Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish (Forcipiger flavissimus)

Care Level: Moderate
Behavior: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Max Size: Up to 9"
Diet: Carnivore

Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish (Forcipiger flavissimus)


The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish, also known as the Forceps Fish, are named for their elongated snouts that resemble forceps. Their long noses function as pliers for picking food from cracks and crevices or between coral heads. Besides being mostly yellow, these butterflyfish are colored with black. The top diagonal half of their faces are stripped with a black lining, while the bottom half is colored with white.


It is best to keep them in a 125 gallon tank or larger with live rock overhangs and plenty of hiding places. Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish are not the best reef dwellers. They tend to pick and nip at soft and stony corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles. These fish are fairly peaceful and can be kept with other peaceful fish species.



The diet of the Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish should include: frozen preparations, meaty foods, crustacean mean, mysis shrimp, and other meaty foods.

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