Oxymonacanthus longirostris (Bloch & Schneider)
(Long-nosed Filefish; Hagon Faha)
SL: to 8 cm (photo: 6 cm SL, Luminao Reef, I m)
The Long-nosed Filefish is a common inhabitant of both protected
and exposed reefs from 0.5 to at least 30 m, particularly where
Acropora corals are abundant. It feeds almost exclusively
on coral polyps which it extracts with its long, pointed snout.
It is usually encountered in pairs or in small groups.
INDO-PACIFIC: Red Sea to Samoa, n. to Okinawa, s. to New Caledonia