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Heniochus acuminatus

Linnaeus, 1758

Pennant coralfish

Classification
Identification
Biology
Distribution
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Classification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Latin name : Heniochus acuminatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Synonyms :
Classification : Chaetodontidae ( Butterflyfishes )
 
Name : Poisson-cocher
Name : Pennant coralfish
Identification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Main identification characters
The Longfin Bannerfish is recognised by the long tapering dorsal filament, white body with two broad black bands, and yellow soft dorsal and caudal fins.

Max size : 25,0 cm.
Possible confusions
The closely related Schooling Bannerfish, Heniochus diphreutes, looks very similar, but is distinguished by a more rounded profile under the head, a shorter snout , the second black band is located further forward on the anal fin, and a difference in the number of dorsal spines (12 vs 11).
Biology   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Feed
A plantivorous species that generally remains within a few meters of the reef. Juveniles may sometimes pick on parasites on the epidermis of other fish.
Cycle of life / Reproduction
Juveniles are often solitary while adults occur in pairs
Interaction with other species
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Distribution   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Habitat

Coral
The Longfin Bannerfish is usually found at depths from 2-75m, in sheltered coastal bays and reef waters.
Geographical distribution
Indo-Pacific: East Africa and Persian Gulf to the Society Islands; north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island. Throughout Micronesia.
Links   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Websites :
http://www.amonline.net.au/fishes/fishfacts/fish/hacumin.htm
http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.cfm?genusname=Heniochus [...]

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Bibliography   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Guide des récifs coralliens
A & A Ferrari
Delachaux & Niestlé, 1999-2000
Guide sous-marin de Tahiti
R. Bagnis & E. Christian
Les Editions du Pacifique, 1976-2000
Poissons-papillons
Rudie H. Kuiter & Helmut Debelius
Ulmer Editions
Data sheet written by Christophe Naslain , 27/11/2002

Updates :
Christophe Naslain - 08/08/2003


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