“THE BUTTERBUN” (LONGSNOUT BUTTERFLYFISH)
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The Atlantic/ Caribbean Longsnout Butterflyfish Prognathodes aculeatus is sometimes known locally as the Longnose (not to be confused with the bright yellow Indo-Pacific Longnose Butterflyfish). The affectionate name for it is ‘Butterbun’. A more scientific name is ‘Poey’s Butterflyfish’, named for the man who first identified the species in 1841.
BUTTERFLYFISHES (RH guide to reef, banded, four-eyed & spotfin)
REEF FISH INDEX gateway to loads of colourful finny species
WHAT’S THAT FISH? A handy resource
FLORENT’S GUIDE A ditto
Credits: Melinda Riger for her brilliant underwater images (as marked); plus What’s That Fish?, Florent’s Guide and good old Wiki…