Bluecheek Butterflyfish [Chaetodon semilarvatus]

blue cheeked butterflyfish

The bluecheek butterflyfish, Chaetodon semilarvatus, is a butterflyfish of the family Chaetodontidae found in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, at depths of between 3 and 20 m. Its length is up to 23 cm (9.1 in).

The bluecheek butterflyfish is a common species found in areas where there is rich coral growth, often seen in pairs or small aggregations. It is occasionally observed hovering in a stationary position for extended periods under ledges of Acropora plate corals. Reproduction is oviparous, and pairs are formed during breeding.

Picture: Naama Bay, Red Sea, Egypt by Sami Salmenkivi

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