Description The Chevroned Butterflyfish is white with narrow chevron markings on the body. It has a bold black bar through the eye. The tail is black with a yellow margin. Juveniles are similar to adults but have yellow tail and a black bar across the rear of the body. It is territorial and defends its territory from other coral-eating butterflyfish.
Size length to 18cm
Habitat Shallow reef lagoons, semi-protected seaward reefs at depths from 2m to 30m. Found solitary or in pairs in association with Staghorn coral Acropora species. Juveniles shelter amongst coral branches.
Food Acropora coral polyps and mucus
Breeding Oviparous. Forms monogamous pairs during breeding. Spawns during the new and full moons.
Range The Chevroned Butterflyfish is found in tropical waters of the Indo-West and Central Pacific. In Australia it is found from the south-western coast of Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and south to the central coast of New South Wales.