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  Double-saddle Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ulietensis)





Double-saddle Butterflyfish | Chaetodon ulietensis photo
Pacific double-saddle butterflyfish. Underwater photograph, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesi

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

Double-saddle Butterflyfish | Chaetodon ulietensis photo
Double-saddle Butterflyfish

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



FISH FACTS

Description
The Double-saddle Butterflyfish is white with two broad dark grey to black saddle-shaped bands on the body. As well as the markings the body has more than a dozen very thin vertical black lines. The rear part of the body, dorsal fin, anal fin and tail are yellow. There is a black bar through the eye and a black spot on the tail stem.

Size
length to 15cm

Habitat
Most common in coral lagoon reefs. Less common on seaward reefs. Juveniles are found in harbors and estuaries. Seen singly, in pairs or in small groups. Depth range from 2m - 30m.

Food
marine invertebrates, algae

Breeding
Oviparous. Forms monogamous pairs during breeding.

Range
The Double-saddle Butterflyfish is found in the Central and Western Pacific. In Australia it is found off north-western coast of Western Australia and on the east coast from northern Queensland southwards to the central coast of New South Wales.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Chaetodontidae
Genus:Chaetodon
Species:ulietensis
Common Name:Double-saddle 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)
  Chevroned Butterflyfish (C. trifascialis)
  Teardrop Butterflyfish (C. unimaculatus)
  Vagabond Butterflyfish (C. vagabundus)