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Facts: The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish


The yellow longnose butterflyfish is the most
widely distributed of all butterflyfishes. They are widespread throughout the tropical
waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans. They typically inhabit exposed outer reefs
and lagoon reefs from 7 to 475 ft (2 to 145 m) deep. They are usually found in pairs, but they
can also be found singly or in small groups. Longnose butterflyfish are territorial. They patrol their patches of coral with their
partner and can emit sounds while protecting their territory. They will stay with the same partner for years. They feed on organisms like hydroids, fish
eggs, small crustaceans, and the tube feet of echinoderms. They live up to 18 years and grow up to 9
in (22 cm) long. They are frequently exported for the aquarium
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