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  Eight-banded Butterflyfish (Chaetodon octofasciatus)





Eight-banded Butterflyfish | Chaetodon octofasciatus photo
Eightband butterflyfish. Underwater photograph, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

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



FISH FACTS

Description
The Eight-banded Butterflyfish is white or yellowish with eight vertical black bands There are seven black stripes on the head and body and one on the tail. Their is also a black stripe along the top of the snout. The dorsal and anal fins are also edged with black.

Size
length to 12cm

Habitat
Sheltered coral reef lagoons and inshore reefs at depths from 3m to 20m. Adults swim in pairs. Juveniles are seen in groups amongst Acropora corals.

Food
coral polyps.

Breeding
Oviparous. Forms pairs during breeding.

Range
The Eight-banded Butterflyfish is found in tropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific. In Australia it has been recorded around offshore islands of north-western coast of Western Australia.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Chaetodontidae
Genus:Chaetodon
Species:octofasciatus
Common Name:Eight-banded 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)
  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)