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The longnose butterflyfish is found in the Indo-Pacific from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Hawaiian Islands and Easter Island. It also occurs in parts of the tropical eastern Pacific. This butterflyfish is most common on exposed seaward reefs, but also may be encountered on lagoon reefs to depths of 374 feet.
This butterflyfish can be easily recognized by its yellow, black and white color pattern and its distinctive, long snout. It is sometimes called the “forceps butterflyfish”. Adults can reach lengths of almost 9 inches.
See if you can pick out the longnose butterflyfish in the Tropical Diver gallery.