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Chaetodontidae - Butterflyfish
  Common Name Scientific Name
Black Back Butterflyfish
Black Back Butterflyfish Chaetodon melannotus
Madagascar Butterflyfish
Madagascar Butterflyfish Chaetodon madagaskariensis
Double Saddle Butterflyfish
Double Saddle Butterflyfish Chaetodon falcula
Racoon Butterflyfish
Racoon Butterflyfish Chaetodon lunula
Brown Butterflyfish
Brown Butterflyfish Chaetodon kleinii
Eclipse Butterflyfish
Eclipse Butterflyfish Chaetodon bennetti
Citron Butterflyfish
Citron Butterflyfish Chaetodon citrinellus
Head Band Butterflyfish
Head Band Butterflyfish Chaetodon collare
Spotted Butterflyfish
Spotted Butterflyfish Chaetodon guttatissimus
Vagabond Butterflyfish
Vagabond Butterflyfish Chaetodon vagabundus
Yellowhead Butterflyfish
Yellowhead Butterflyfish Chaetodon xanthocephalus
Thread Fin Butterflyfish
Thread Fin Butterflyfish Chaetodon auriga
Long Nose Butterflyfish
Long Nose Butterflyfish Forcipiger longirostris
Long Nose Butterflyfish
Long Nose Butterflyfish Forcipiger flavissimus
Black Pyramid Butterflyfish
Black Pyramid Butterflyfish Hemitaurichthys zoster
Singular Bannerfish
Singular Bannerfish Heniochus singularius
Triangular Butterflyfish
Triangular Butterflyfish Chaetodon baronessa
Yellow Teardrop Butterflyfish
Yellow Teardrop Butterflyfish Chaetodon interruptus/unimaculatus
Yellow Butterflyfish
Yellow Butterflyfish Chaetodon plebeius
Indian Butterflyfish
Indian Butterflyfish Chaetodon mitratus
Reef Bannerfish
Reef Bannerfish Heniochus acuminatus
Masked Bannerfish
Masked Bannerfish Heniochus monoceros
Meyers Butterflyfish
Meyers Butterflyfish Chaetodon meyeri
Melon Butterflyfish
Melon Butterflyfish Chaetodon trifasciatus


Atlantic (tropical to temperate), Indian, and Pacific Oceans. Primarily Indo-west Pacific. Highly compressed body. Dorsal fin continuous, with 6-16 spines and 15-30 soft rays. Spines in anal fin 3-5, usually 3, and 14-23 soft rays. Caudal fin with 15 branched rays, rounded to emarginate. Scales extend onto anal and dorsal fins. Mouth small, terminal and protrusible with a band or rows of small brush like teeth. Gut coiled several times. Two anteriorly directed processes in swim bladder. Vertebrae 24 (11+13). Most with bright coloration, a dark band across the eye and an 'eyespot' dorsally. Generally near coral reefs. Typically diurnal. Many feed on a combination of coelenterate polyps or tentacles, small invertebrates, fish eggs, and filamentous algae while others are specialists or planktivores. Most species occur as heterosexual pairs. Pelagic spawners. Tholichthys larval stage with the head region covered with bony plates. Some of the planktivores and generalists do well in the aquarium, but most species are difficult to maintain, and obligate corallivores nearly impossible. Chaet- (gr.) = bristle, odont- (gr.) = tooth

The family Chaetodontidae belongs to the Class Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) and the Order Perciformes. It contains 10 genera and 114 species. It may be found in Marine and Brackish environments and is primarily Marine. Many members of this family are used in the aquarium trade. Reproductively, most members of this family are nonguarders. The main mode of swimming of adult fish in this family is balistiform. Compared with other fish, the activity level of this family tends to be normal. Members of this family have been dated back to the lower Eocene epoch of the Tertiary period. Etymology of this family name: Greek, chaite = hair + Greek, odous, odontos = tooth, teeth. 1750


Angel Fish
Anthias / Basslet
Damselfish / Anemonefish
Gobies / Dartfish
Lionfish / Scorpionfish
Squirrelfish / Soldierfish
Surgeonfishes / Tangs




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