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  Speckled Butterflyfish (Chaetodon citrinellus)





Speckled Butterflyfish | Chaetodon citrinellus photo
Speckled Butterflyfish

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FISH FACTS

Description
The Speckled Butterflyfish is white or pale yellow with lots of small dark spots on the body. It has a black bar through the eye. The tail is transparent. It is similar in appearance to several other species including GŁnther's Butterflyfish. It can be distinguished from other species by the black margin of the anal fin.

Size
length to 13cm

Habitat
Shallow reef flats, reef lagoons, seaward reefs at depths. Usually in shallow water from 1m to 3m, but may be found to 36 m. Usually seen in pairs. Juveniles often found in small groups mixed with juveniles of other species such as C. kleinii.

Food
coral polyps, algae, polychaete worms.

Breeding
Oviparous. Forms pairs during breeding.

Range
The Speckled Butterflyfish is found in tropical waters of the Indo-West and Central Pacific. In Australia it is found from central to north-western coast of Western Australia and on the east coast from the top of the Great Barrier Reef to central New South Wales.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Chaetodontidae
Genus:Chaetodon
Species:citrinellus
Common Name:Speckled Butterflyfish

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