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  Eastern Triangular Butterflyfish (Chaetodon baronessa)





Eastern Triangular Butterflyfish | Chaetodon baronessa photo
Eastern triangular butterflyfish. Underwater photograph, Hoga island, Sulawesi, Indonesia

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



FISH FACTS

Description
The Eastern Triangular Butterflyfish has a silvery purple body with cream or yellow chevron-shaped markings. There are three dark bars on the head including one through the eye. It has a broad dark bar with yellow edges on the tail. It has a highly compressed body enabling it to shelter amongst coral branches.

Size
length to 16cm

Habitat
reef lagoons, seaward reefs. Swims in pairs. Depth range 5m - 20m.

Food
polyps of tubular Acropora corals

Breeding
Oviparous. Forms pairs during breeding.

Range
The Eastern Triangular Butterflyfish is found in tropical waters of the Eastern Indian Ocean to the Western Pacific. In Australia it is found off the north-western coast of Western Australia and on the east coast from the top of the Great Barrier Reef to southern Queensland.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Chaetodontidae
Genus:Chaetodon
Species:baronessa
Common Name:Eastern Triangular Butterflyfish

Relatives in same Genus
  Threadfin Butterflyfish (C. auriga)
  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)
  Double-saddle Butterflyfish (C. ulietensis)
  Teardrop Butterflyfish (C. unimaculatus)
  Vagabond Butterflyfish (C. vagabundus)