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  Redfin Butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunulatus)





Redfin Butterflyfish | Chaetodon lunulatus photo
Oval butterflyfish. Underwater photograph, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

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



FISH FACTS

Description
The Redfin Butterflyfish is yellow with horizontal purple blue stripes. The snout and forehead is black. The rest of the head is mainly yellow with a black bar through the eye, and a narrow vertical black line behind the eye. The base of the tail is grey. It gets its common name from the orange red on the anal fin.

Other Names
Oval butterflyfish

Size
length to 14cm

Habitat
Coral reefs at depths from 3m to 20m. Juveniles shelter among coral branches, often in reef lagoons.

Food
live coral polyps.

Breeding
Oviparous. Forms pairs during breeding.

Range
The Redfin Butterflyfish is found in the western Pacific. In Australia it is found around north-western coast of Western Australia and along the Great Barrier Reef to southern Queensland.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Chaetodontidae
Genus:Chaetodon
Species:lunulatus
Common Name:Redfin 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)
  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)