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  Bennett's Butterflyfish (Chaetodon bennetti)





Bennett's Butterflyfish | Chaetodon bennetti photo
Bluelashed butterflyfish. Underwater photograph, Pemba island, Tanzania, Africa

Image by Bernard E. Picton - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



FISH FACTS

Description
Bennett's Butterflyfish is bright yellow with thin blue lines on the lower part of the body. It has a vertical black bar edged with blue through the eye. There is a large black circular blotch with blue border on the sides. Juveniles are similar to adults but have white outline round the black spot which disappears with age.

Other Names
Bluelashed butterflyfish

Size
length to 20cm

Habitat
Reef lagoons, seaward reefs. Juveniles found in shallow Acropora coral. Adults swim in pairs. Found at depths of 1m to 30m.

Food
coral polyps

Breeding
Oviparous. Forms pairs during breeding.

Range
Bennett's Butterflyfish is found throughout the Indo-West Pacific. In Australia it is found on offshore reefs of north-western coast of Western Australia and along the Great Barrier Reef.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Chaetodontidae
Genus:Chaetodon
Species:bennetti
Common Name:Bennett's Butterflyfish

Relatives in same Genus
  Threadfin Butterflyfish (C. auriga)
  Eastern Triangular Butterflyfish (C. baronessa)
  Speckled Butterflyfish (C. citrinellus)
  Saddled Butterflyfish (C. ephippium)
  Dusky Butterflyfish (C. flavirostris)
  Klein's Butterflyfish (C. kleinii)
  Redfin Butterflyfish (C. lunulatus)
  Eight-banded Butterflyfish (C. octofasciatus)
  Ornate Butterflyfish (C. ornatissimus)
  Latticed Butterflyfish (C. rafflesii)
  Dotted Butterflyfish (C. semeion)
  Oval-spot Butterflyfish (C. speculum)
  Chevroned Butterflyfish (C. trifascialis)
  Double-saddle Butterflyfish (C. ulietensis)
  Teardrop Butterflyfish (C. unimaculatus)
  Vagabond Butterflyfish (C. vagabundus)