OI Chips Away at Captive-Bred Longnose Butterflyfish Research

12 Aug, 2022

While CORAL first reported on the captive-breeding success with the Longnose Butterflyfish a few years back, it was a one-off. Now, the team at the Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University reports an improvement over past success, which will pave the way for further advancements if aquaculture researchers pursue this line of inquiry.
When CORAL first reported captive-breeding success with the Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish, Forcipiger flavissimus, a few years back, it was a one-off. The notion of an aquaculture breakthrough with this perennial favorite in the marine aquarium world was tantalizing, but seemed still a long way off.

Now, the team at the Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University reports an improvement over past success, which will pave the way for further advancements if aquaculture researchers pursue this line of inquiry.

Editor: This species is not to be confused with the similar Big Longnose Butterflyfish, Forcipiger longirostris.

via Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University

“We are so excited to share that we recently succeeded (again!) culturing the Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish (Forcipiger flavissimus), pictured here as a fully settled juvenile at 90 days old. This achievement extends the previous success in 2016 led by Avier Montalvo who first got this species to 86 days old (last image and video on our IG).

“We are thrilled to be the first facility to have reported success in Yellow Longnose Butterfly aquaculture, a feat made possible due to our current collaboration with local aquariums.

“Fun fact: With a name almost as long as its nose, is it known as lauwiliwilinukunuku’oi’oi in Hawaiian!”

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Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

3 Comments

  1. August 12, 2022

    Hi Matt. Does this mean that the eggs came from a spawning somewhere other than the OI? If so, any ideas where?

    • August 12, 2022

      Yes, to the best of my knowledge they were sourced from a display aquarium, but I don’t know which one as that has not been disclosed.

  2. August 14, 2022

    How many centimeters do they make the metamorphosis?

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