Lined Butterflyfish [chaetodon lineolatus]

The Lined butterflyfish, Chaetodon lineolatus, is the largest of the butterflyfish. They have a wide range; from the Red Sea South Africa, as far as South Japan and Hawaii.

Lined butterflyfish may grow up to 30cm long. They are white in colour with thin black vertical bars which join a thick black band at the base of the tail and dorsal fin. The tail, dorsal and anal fins are yellow. Diet includes coral polyps, small anemones, algae and invertebrates make up their diet. This uncommon fish is found in pairs or swimming alone, or occasionally in spawning aggregations. It occurs between 2 and 50m depth, in coral-rich areas of reefs and lagoons.

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

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