Tag: Longfin Bannerfish (Heniochus Acuminatus)

The Longfin Bannerfish (Heniochus Acuminatus) is a very common species in local waters.

Although it has a very characteristic appearance, it is often mistaken for other species of similar appearance, particularly the Moorish Idol (Zanclus Cornutus), made famous in the movie Finding Nemo, and the less famous, but more closely related Schooling Bannerfish (Heniochus Diphreutes).

Adults are distinguished by their long, tapering dorsal filament. The body has two broad black bands and the dorsal, pectoral and caudal fins are yellow. There is also a small black band above the eyes and a black mark on the snout.

Growing to a maximum length of around 25cm, Longfin Bannerfish feed on a diet consisting mainly of zooplankton and small invertibrates.

The Longfin Bannerfish (Heniochus Acuminatus) is a very common species in local waters.

Although it has a very characteristic appearance, it is often mistaken for other species of similar appearance, particularly the Moorish Idol (Zanclus Cornutus), made famous in the movie Finding Nemo, and the less famous, but more closely related Schooling Bannerfish (Heniochus Diphreutes).

Adults are distinguished by their long, tapering dorsal filament. The body has two broad black bands and the dorsal, pectoral and caudal fins are yellow. There is also a small black band above the eyes and a black mark on the snout.

Growing to a maximum length of around 25cm, Longfin Bannerfish feed on a diet consisting mainly of zooplankton and small invertibrates.

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Longfin Bannerfish (Heniochus acuminatus)

A common and popular resident species found on both inshore reefs and offshore locations, the Longfin Bannerfish (Heniochus acuminatus) belongs to the Chaetodontidae family which also includes the Butterflyfish and Coralfish.