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  Butterfly Perch (Caesioperca lepidoptera)





Butterfly Perch | Caesioperca lepidoptera photo
Butterfly Perch

Image by Ian Skipworth - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



BUTTERFLY PERCH FACTS

Description
The Butterfly Perch is a pinkish silver fish with a dark blotch on the side of the body. The pectoral fins are about the same length as the head. Adults develop small brownish spots, pale blue margins to the fins, and a bluish band behind the eye. It forms large schools.

Size
length to 47cm

Habitat
found around rocky reefs where it forms schools in deeper water from 10m to 140m. Usually found in areas exposed to strong tidal movement.

Range
The Butterfly Perch is found in temperate marine waters of Australia and New Zealand. In Australia it is found off Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia. Rare in Western Australia.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Serranidae
Genus:Caesioperca
Species:lepidoptera
Common Name:Butterfly Perch