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Good Butterflyfishes of the Genus Chaetodon, part III

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

 

Bob Fenner

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Chaetodon nippon Steindachner & Doderlein 1884, Japanese Butterflyfish. Moderately used by Japanese hobbyists, found down to the Philippines. Subtropical species to about six inches in length.

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Chaetodon ocellicaudus Cuvier 1831, the Spot-Tail Butterflyfish. A look-alike species for the more commonly offered Black-Backed B/F, C. melannotus. Similar in habits, hardiness. Centered in the other's distribution in the far western Pacific. This one off of Pulau Redang, Malaysia. 

Chaetodon paucifasciatus Ahl 1923, the Red Sea Chevron, Red-Back or Crown Butterflyfish. One of my favorite fish species from my favorite diving area, the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. An omnivore that will eat coral polyps if hungry. Expensive in the west, but worth every cent. Wild and aquarium photos by RMF.

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Chaetodon punctatofasciatus Cuvier 1831, the Spot-Banded Butterflyfish, though often (mis)sold under the common moniker as the ill-fated Dot-Dash (see bad Chaetodons), C. pelewensis. Similar in distribution (western Pacific) and size (five inches or so). Eats most foods... including coral polyps in reef tanks. One in captivity, and a juvenile and adult Sulawesi. http://fishbase.sinica.edu.tw/Country/CountrySpeciesSummary.cfm?Country=Indonesia&Genus=Chaetodon&Species=punctatofasciatus

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Chaetodon rafflesi Bennett 1830, the Latticed or Raffles' Butterflyfish. Indo-west Pacific from eastern India to the Tuamotus. Omnivore that does eat anemones and coral polyps. To six inches total length. Here in Fiji.

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Chaetodon sedentarius Poey 1860, the Atlantic Reef Butterflyfish. Caribbean to coast of Brazil. Omnivore that readily adapts to aquarium conditions when started healthy.  To six inches total length. One off of Boynton Beach, FLA.

Chaetodon semilarvatus Cuvier 1831, the Golden or Blue-Mask Butterflyfish. Only found in the Red Sea south into the Gulf of Aden. To plate-size, nine inches or so. Omnivore that does eat coral polyps, soft and hard species. Red Sea pix by RMF. 


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Chaetodon (Roaops) tinkeri Schultz 1951, Tinker's Butterflyfish. Mainly found and collected in deep water in Hawaii, but also found in Johnston Atoll, the Marshalls... A hardy species where caught, acclimated properly to captive conditions. Aquarium and wild photo.

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Chaetodon ulietensis Cuvier 1831, the Pacific Double Saddleback Butterflyfish. A Pacific version of the Falcula or Saddleback Butterflyfish (Chaetodon falcula) of the Indian Ocean. Omnivorous eating habits, chowing down on many types of invertebrates and algae.. To about six inches in length. Aquarium adult pic. Click on name for more.

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Chaetodon xanthurus  Bleeker 1857, the Pearlscale or Yellow-Tail (though it's more orange) Butterflyfish. Tropical western Pacific around the Philippines and Indonesia to Japan. A generalized feeder on benthic invertebrates and algae. Note cross-hatch pattern compared with C. mertensii and the Red Sea's C. paucifasciatus. Aquarium photo.

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


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