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  Chevroned Butterflyfish (Chaetodon trifascialis)





Chevroned Butterflyfish | Chaetodon trifascialis photo
Chevron butterflyfish. Underwater photograph, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.

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

Chevroned Butterflyfish | Chaetodon trifascialis photo
Chevroned Butterflyfish

Image by eNil - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



FISH FACTS

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.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Chaetodontidae
Genus:Chaetodon
Species:trifascialis
Common Name:Chevroned Butterflyfish

Relatives in same Genus
  Threadfin Butterflyfish (C. auriga)
  Eastern Triangular Butterflyfish (C. baronessa)
  Bennett's Butterflyfish (C. bennetti)
  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)
  Double-saddle Butterflyfish (C. ulietensis)
  Teardrop Butterflyfish (C. unimaculatus)
  Vagabond Butterflyfish (C. vagabundus)