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Good Butterflyfishes of the Genus Chaetodon, part I

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Good Chaetodon Butterflyfishes: alphabetically by scientific names                                      

Chaetodon argentatus Smith & Radcliffe 1911, the Asian or Black and White Butterflyfish. Western Pacific from Japan almost to Indonesia. Part of the subgenus group including C. mertensii, C. xanthurus, C. paucifasciatus. Photo by RMF of one in an aquarium.

Chaetodon assarius Waite 1905, the West Australian Butterflyfish. A rare beauty outside the Land Down Under, where it's found all along the west coast. Generalized feeder on algae and zooplankton. To five inches total length.  
Chaetodon auriga Forsskal 1775, the Threadfin Butterflyfish. A great beauty and hardy aquarium specimen, though it will eat coral polyps and anemones. See other materials on this species by clicking on name. Widespread Indo-Pacific. A juvenile (about an inch and a half long) in N. Sulawesi, an Auriga B/F in Hawai'i, and a Red Sea one w/o the rear dorsal area eyespot. 
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Chaetodon (Roaops) burgessi  Allen & Starck 1973, Burgess' Butterflyfish. Deepwater in Philippines, Sipadan, Australia, New Guinea. Not a great beauty, but much better than the aquarium photo here. To five inches long. Photo by H RMF of one in an aquarium.

Chaetodon collare Bloch 1787, the Pakistani, Red-Tail or Collare Butterflyfish. Along the continental coast of the Indian Ocean Oman to the Philippines in distribution. A delicate looking species that fares well in general. Best shown and kept in pairs to groups. Image made in the Andaman Sea off of Thailand.

Chaetodon daedalma Jordan & Fowler 1903, the Wrought Iron Butterflyfish. Found from central to southern Japan on the South side. A beauty that looks like it would be delicate, but readily adapts to captivity, eating all types of foods. Aquarium image taken at Waikiki, Oahu.

Chaetodon declivis Randall 1975, Marquesan Butterflyfish. Described from the Marquesas and Line Islands of the mid-Pacific only. An occasional and always high-demand import. To five inches or so in length. Readily adapts to captivity, accepting all types of foods. Aquarium pic of a 5 cm. specimen in captivity, an adult in Nuka Hiva, Marquesas, Polynesia and one in captivity. Photos by RMF.
Chaetodon decussatus, Cuvier 1831,   Indian (Ocean) Vagabond Butterflyfish. A hardy beauty not to be confused with its congener loser from the wider Indo-Pacific, the Vagabond Butterflyfish, Chaetodon vagabundus which rarely lives (see bad Chaetodons). An Indian Vagabond juvenile in captivity, an intermediate in the Andaman Sea and an adult in N. Sulawesi.
 
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Chaetodon dolosus Ahl 1923, the African Butterflyfish. Found from the Horn of Africa's east coast to the southern tip. To about five inches long. Also found at the island of Mauritius.

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Chaetodon falcula Bloch 1793,   Saddle-Back or Falcula Butterflyfish. A hardy addition to fish only and very large reef systems (to 8 inches long) if you can acquire initially undamaged specimens. Indian Ocean from Andaman Sea to east coast of Africa. This one in the Andaman Sea.

Chaetodon fasciatus Forskaal 1775, the Red Sea Raccoon Butterflyfish. Click on the name for more information. Confined to the Red Sea and adjoining Gulf of Aden. A beauty that will eat all types of foods in captivity, including coral polyps... To some ten inches in length in the wild, about half that in captivity. A juvenile in captivity and adult in the Red Sea shown.

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