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  Dusky Butterflyfish (Chaetodon flavirostris)





Dusky Butterflyfish | Chaetodon flavirostris photo
Dusky Butterflyfish

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Dusky Butterflyfish | Chaetodon flavirostris photo
Chaetodon flavirostris, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia

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



DUSKY BUTTERFLYFISH FACTS

Description
The Dusky Butterflyfish has a black or dark grey color with yellow rim on the dorsal fin and anal fin. The tail is yellow with vertical black band. The snout is yellow with white tip. There is a dark band below the eye and there is a black bump is on the forehead.

Size
length to 20cm

Habitat
rocky areas of reef lagoons, seaward reefs, estuarine reef areas. Usually seen in pairs, juveniles are often seen singly. Found at depths from 2m to 20m

Food
algae, coral, small bottom dwelling invertebrates.

Breeding
Oviparous. Forms pairs during breeding.

Range
The Dusky Butterflyfish is found in the South-western Pacific. In Australia it is found along Queensland and New South Wales coast.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Chaetodontidae
Genus:Chaetodon
Species:flavirostris
Common Name:Dusky 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)
  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)