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Phylum: Chordata
Class Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Order Perciformes (Perch likes)
Family Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfishes)

Genus/Species:  Chaetodon ephippium

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GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Yellowish grey with a large black spot on the upper rear sides bordered below by a broad white band; orange area from snout to ventral fins, wavy blue lines on the lower sides. The breast and snout are yellow. Adults have a filament extending from the back of the dorsal fin.
Length to 23 cm (9 inches) in length.

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Indo-Pacific. in lagoons and seaward reefs to 30 m (98 feet) in coral rich, clear waters.

DIET IN THE WILD: Filamentous algae, small invertebrates, sponges, coral polyps, and fish eggs.



Color of Life, Color Conceals.
This Saddleback Butterflyfish helps conceals its head by having a vertical line through the eye and a large eve-like spot on its upper posterior less vital portion of its body confusing  predators.

Color Cluster


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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Order: Perciformes (Perch likes)
Family: Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfishes)

Genus/species: Chaetodon lunula


GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Yellow-orange with darker upper half of the body. It has a black patch around its eyes (similar to a Raccoon masked face) with a broad white stripe posterior to it. Two black stripes bordered in yellow reach from the white stripe to the dorsal fin. Black markings around its eyes suggestive of a Racoon. Maximum length to 8 inches.

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: From East Africa throughout the Indo-Pacific, south to Australia, east to Hawaii. Found in shallow reef flats of lagoon and seaward reefs, to depth of 30 m (98 ft).

DIET IN THE WILD: Nocturnal omnivore feeding on coral polyps, worms, crustaceans, plankton, algae

REPRODUCTION: Oviparous forming pairs during breeding.


REMARKS: Chaetodon means “bristletooth,” and has a dental array well-suited to its diet. Has a great fondness for coral polyps, which makes our Steinhart denizen a better fit for the Reef Lagoon which contains no corals. There it feeds on other invertebrates.

Color Cluster PR12


Color Cluster PR12

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