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Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish

BAD Fish

Scientific Name Forcipiger flavissimus

Other Name(s) Forceps Fish

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Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish

BAD Fish
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Yellow body with black upper and white lower head; small black spot on anal fin just below tail base. Like most butterflyfishes, once finding a mate, they may pair up for life. Captive breeding has been successful at the experimental level only. Harvesting by the aquarium trade has caused sharp declines in their abundance on many coral reefs.