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.