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Butterflyfishes of the Genus Chaetodon

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Chaetodon capistratus Linnaeus 1758, the Foureye Butterflyfish. Tropical west Atlantic, Caribbean To six inches. A broad feeding strategy, but still does poorly in adapting to captive conditions. A juvenile in an aquarium and adult at night in the Bahamas. 


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Chaetodon flavirostris Gunther 1873, the Black or Yellow-Faced Butterflyfish. Usually shy and non-feeding. Eats coral polyps, other bottom-dwelling invertebrates and algae in the wild. To some eight inches long. Way too often sold to the hobby as juveniles... they don't live. The first one at a wholesalers, the second in the Cook Islands.

Chaetodon humeralis  Gunther 1860, the Sea of Cortez Three-Banded or East Pacific Butterflyfish. Found all along the tropical east Pacific coast of Central America up into the Mar de Cortez. To a maximum of seven inches in length. This one off of Costa Rica (Pacific side) 2011

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Chaetodon larvatus  Cuvier 1831, the Masked or Orange-Face Butterflyfish. Restricted in range, Red Sea to lower Gulf of Aden. Only eats Acroporid coral polyps... Closely related to C. baronessa, C. triangulum. To five inches long. Aquarium photograph by  RMF.

Chaetodon lineolatus Cuvier 1831, the Lined Butterflyfish. At a foot long, vying for largest Butterflyfish of the family. Widespread from Hawai'i over to the east coast of Africa, into the Red Sea. A beauty that eats corals, anemones, much of all else, but doesn't live. Below: One in Hawai'i, another in Fiji, and a third in the Red Sea.

Chaetodon lunulatus Quoy & Gaimard 1824, the Redfin Butterflyfish. Easily confused with the Indian Ocean Redfin Butterflyfish, Chaetodon trifasciatus, this western Pacific to Hawaii congener fares no better in captivity. To about six inches long in the wild... leave it there. Here's a specimen in Fiji.

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