Longfin bannerfish

(Heniochus acuminatus)


Longfin bannerfish IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC)


Facts about this animal

Bannerfish get their name from the elongate extensions to the first few spines of the dorsal fin. The longfin bannerfish reaches a length of 20-25 cm. It has the longest banner of all species, two broad black bars across the body and a small black mark above the eye. Longfins occur on reefs from shallow water down to depths of 75 cm. They live singly or in pairs more frequently than in larger aggregations.

They feed on zooplankton.

Name (Scientific) Heniochus acuminatus
Name (English) Longfin bannerfish
Name (French) Hénioche commun, Pavillon
Name (German) Wimpelfisch
Name (Spanish) Pez con aleta larga de bandera
Local names Bahasa Indonesia: Kambing belang
CITES Status Not listed
CMS Status Not listed



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Range Indo-Pacific from the coast of East Africa and the Arabian Gulf to the Society Islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island. Throughout Micronesia.
Habitat Coral reefs from surface to ca. 75 m depth
Wild population Unknown
Zoo population Considering that most publc aquaria are not part of the WAZA system and do not register their collections with ISIS, available ISIS data are not significant.

In the Zoo

How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 51 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.

Fish must be unpacked carefully and under low illumination.


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Why do zoos keep this animal

Longfin bannerfish are not an endangered species but their habitats, coral reefs, are threatened in many places. They are thus presented by zoos and aquariums as an ambassador species for reef protection.