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.