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  Ornate Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ornatissimus)





Ornate Butterflyfish | Chaetodon ornatissimus photo
Ornate butterflyfish, underwater photograph, Mid Reef, Pulau Sipadan, Sabah, Malaysia.

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

Ornate Butterflyfish | Chaetodon ornatissimus photo
Ornate Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ornatissimus), Kona, Hawaii

Image by Clark Anderson/Aquaimages - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



FISH FACTS

Description
The Ornate Butterflyfish is white with six diagonal orange stripes on the body. The head has black and yellow vertical bars - one black bar across the eye and one on the snout. There is a grey triangular mark between the eyes. The tail has two black bars.

Size
length to 20cm

Habitat
Most common on seaward reefs to depth of 36m. Less common in clear coral reef lagoons. Juveniles are found singly amongst branching corals.

Food
coral polyps

Breeding
Oviparous. Forms pairs during breeding.

Range
The Ornate Butterflyfish is found in marine waters throughout the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is known from central to north-western coast of Western Australia and the along the length of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Chaetodontidae
Genus:Chaetodon
Species:ornatissimus
Common Name:Ornate 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)
  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)