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Good Butterflyfishes of the Genus Chaetodon, part II

To: Good Chaetodons part I, part III, Medium, Poor & Unknown

 

Bob Fenner

  Chaetodon


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Chaetodon flavocoronatus Myers 1860, the Yellow-Crowned Butterflyfish. Only recorded from Guam in the western Pacific. A great beauty and with a high price to match its rareness and deepwater where it is collected. 
Shown: A juvenile specimen at House of Fins, 2012.

Chaetodon guentheri Ahl 1913, Gunther's Butterflyfish. Found along the Wallace Line, from southern Japan to eastern Australia. To five inches long. Aquarium image.

Chaetodon hoefleri Steindachner 1883, Hoefler's Butterflyfish. Found on Africa's tropical western coast. To eight inches.

Never been there, wanta go along?

Chaetodon kleinii Bloch 1790, Klein's Butterflyfish. Widespread from Hawai'i over to Africa's east coast. To five inches overall. A hardy, but shy species that often perishes due to too much commotion and competition in captivity. Below: A juvenile and adult in Hawai'i, an adult one Redang, Malaysia.

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Chaetodon lunula (Lacepede 1803), the Raccoon Butterflyfish. Though not as attractive as its namesake in the Red Sea (C. fasciatus), the Indo-Pacific Raccoon is just as hardy, and a very good choice for eating pest Aiptasia anemones in reef tanks, though it will consume coral polyps in some cases. Click on name for more information, images. This one in the Cook Islands, South Pacific.

Chaetodon marleyi Regan 1921, the South African Butterflyfish. Rare in the trade in the west, this species wraps around the cape of South Africa in its distribution, Atlantic and Indian Oceans (only one). Subtropical in thermal range. Juvenile (by Michael Engelbrecht) pix. 

Lost...

Chaetodon madagaskariensis Ahl 1923. Pearly or Chevron Butterflyfish. To five inches. Feeds on invertebrates and algae. Western Indian Ocean. Here a juvenile and adult in Mauritius in 2016.

Chaetodon melannotus  Bloch & Schneider 1801, the Black-Backed Butterflyfish.  To six inches, mainly 3-4. Widespread distribution from Africa's east coast and Red Sea (pictured here) over to the mid-Pacific. Hardy, though it does eat soft and hard coral polyps. Red Sea images, 2 and 4" specimens. bsp;


Chaetodon mertensii Cuvier 1831, the Chevron or Merten's Butterflyfish. A common, but hardy and good-looking species. You may find the Indian Ocean variety of this species listed/sold as C. madagaskariensis... it's the same species. Tropical central Pacific to east African coast. To five inches long. Pictured: one in the GBR, off of Heron Island and one in the Cooks,  South Pacific by RMF and an aquarium pic.

 

Chaetodon mesoleucos Forsskal 1775, the White-Face Butterflyfish. Only found in the Red Sea and adjoining Gulf of Aden. To six inches total length. Can be aggressive toward other B/Fs. Aquarium image.

Chaetodon miliaris  Quoy & Gaimard 1824, the Lemon Butterflyfish. Hardy, abundant and not hard to catch, this Hawaiian endemic is a real winner that ought to be used more widely in the trade. Two Hawaiian images to show degrees of yellow in wild specimens

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Chaetodon mitratus Gunther 1860, the Indian Butterflyfish. Found in many areas of the central Indian Ocean. Deepwater. In same complex as C. tinkeri, C. burgessi, C. declivis, C. flavocoronatus. Also about five inches in length maximum. Aquarium photos of a juvenile and adult by RMF.

To: Good Chaetodons part I, part III, Medium, Poor & Unknown


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by Robert (Bob) Fenner
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