Description The Vagabond Butterflyfish has a white body with two sets of thin dark lines perpendicular to each other. One set of lines is on the front on the body and slope upwards from the head and pectoral fin towards the dorsal fin; the other set of lines slopes downwards from the centre of the body. There is a black band through the eye, and thin yellow lines between the eyes and on the forehead. There is a black band is present at the rear of the body and another black band through the tail. The dorsal fin, anal fin and tail are yellow. Juvenile Vagabond Butterflyfish are similar to adults but have a black spot at the rear of the dorsal fin.
Size length to 23cm
Habitat reef flats, reef lagoons, seaward reefs at depths from 1m to 30m. Often seen feeding with other species.
Food algae, coral polyps, crustaceans, worms
Breeding Oviparous. Forms monogamous pairs during breeding.
Range The Vagabond Butterflyfish is found in tropical marine waters of the Indo-West and Central Pacific. In Australia it is found from the north-western coast of Western Australia, and on the east coast from the top of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland to the southern coast of New South Wales.