Description The Teardrop Butterflyfish has a round black spot on the side, with a faint black vertical streak below the spot like a teardrop. The lower half of the body is mainly white and the upper white is white shading to yellow on the back. The dorsal, anal and ventral fins are yellow. It has a black bar though the eye. There is a black line down the tail stem that continues through the rear of the dorsal and anal fins. Juveniles are similar to adults.
Size length to 20cm
Habitat reef flats, clear reef lagoons, seaward reefs at depths from 1m to 60m.
Food corals, polychaetes, small crustaceans, algae
Breeding Oviparous. Forms monogamous pairs during breeding.
Range The Teardrop Butterflyfish is found in marine waters of the Western Pacific. In Australia it is found from the north-western coast of Western Australia, some parts of the Arafura Sea, the east coast of Queensland along the Great Barrier Reef and south to the central coast of new South Wales.