Description The Ornate Butterflyfish is white with six diagonal orange stripes on the body. The head has black and yellow vertical bars - one black bar across the eye and one on the snout. There is a grey triangular mark between the eyes. The tail has two black bars.
Size length to 20cm
Habitat Most common on seaward reefs to depth of 36m. Less common in clear coral reef lagoons. Juveniles are found singly amongst branching corals.
Food coral polyps
Breeding Oviparous. Forms pairs during breeding.
Range The Ornate Butterflyfish is found in marine waters throughout the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is known from central to north-western coast of Western Australia and the along the length of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.