Common throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Wide-spread tropical south-west Pacific from eastern Australia to Pitcairn Island. In Australia recorded from north Queensland south to southern New South Wales and including Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands.
Frequents a variety of habitats, from coral rich to algae covered rocky areas of lagoon and seaward reefs. Also found in estuarine areas, depth to at least 30 m.
The dark body with rounded yellow/orange dorsal and anal fins makes this species easily recognisable. Often in pairs, omnivorous, feeding on algae, coral and small invertebrates. Grows to about 20 cm.
R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p.203.
FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. http://fishbase.ca/summary/Chaetodon-flavirostris.html. Accessed 02/05/18.
Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=Chaetodon+flavirostris. Accessed 02/05/18.