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  Saddled Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ephippium)





Saddled Butterflyfish | Chaetodon ephippium photo
Saddle butterflyfish. Underwater photograph, Hoga island, Sulawesi, Indonesia

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

Saddled Butterflyfish | Chaetodon ephippium photo
Saddled Butterflyfish

Image by Leonard Low - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



FISH FACTS

Description
The Saddled Butterflyfish has a large black saddle-shaped area edged with white on the top rear part of the body. The body is grey with horizontal blue stripes on the lower half. The snout and throat are yellow. Adults have a filament trailing from the back of the dorsal fin.

Size
length to 25cm

Habitat
Reef lagoons, seaward reefs to a depth of 30m. Found singly, in pairs or small groups. Juveniles often swim singly in inshore waters.

Food
algae, small invertebrates, coral polyps, fish eggs

Breeding
Oviparous. Forms pairs during breeding.

Range
The Saddled Butterflyfish is found in tropical waters of the Western and Central Pacific. In Australia it is found from the central coast of Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and south to the northern coast of New South Wales.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Chaetodontidae
Genus:Chaetodon
Species:ephippium
Common Name:Saddled Butterflyfish

Relatives in same Genus
  Threadfin Butterflyfish (C. auriga)
  Eastern Triangular Butterflyfish (C. baronessa)
  Bennett's Butterflyfish (C. bennetti)
  Speckled Butterflyfish (C. citrinellus)
  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)