Meyer's Butterflyfish, Chaetodon meyeri Bloch & Schneider 1801


Other Names: Maypole Butterflyfish, Meyer's Coralfish, Meyer's Coralfish, Scrawled Butterflyfish

Meyer's Butterflyfish, Chaetodon meyeri, at Sulawesi, Indonesia. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist.org. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

Summary:
A whitish to greyish butterflyfish with dark diagonal stripes that curve posteriorly, a yellow-edged bar behind the mouth and one through the eye. 

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Dianne J. Bray, Chaetodon meyeri in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/2388

Meyer's Butterflyfish, Chaetodon meyeri Bloch & Schneider 1801

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Distribution

Rottnest Island to Ningaloo Reef, also Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef, Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland; also at Cocos (Keeling) and Christmas islands, Indian Ocean. The species occurs elsewhere in the Indo-west-central Pacific. 
Inhabits clear rich-coral areas in lagoons and on seaward reefs. 

Feeding

An obligate corallivore - may feed on coral mucus, rather than coral tissue.

Species Citation

Chaetodon meyeri Bloch & Schneider, 1801, Systema Ichthyologiae: 223. Type locality: Ambon, Moluccas.

Author

Dianne J. Bray

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Meyer's Butterflyfish, Chaetodon meyeri Bloch & Schneider 1801

References


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls.

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Allen, G.R., Steene, R. & Allen, M. 1998. A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes. Cairns : Odyssey Publishing/Tropical Reef Research 250 pp. figs.

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp.

Allen, G.R. & Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 1994. Fishes of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Atoll Research Bulletin 412: 1-21.

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls.

Bloch, M.E. & Schneider, J.G. 1801. Systema Ichthyologiae Iconibus ex Illustratum. Berlin 584 pp. 110 pls.

Burgess, W.E. 1978. Butterflyfishes of the World. New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications Inc. 832 pp. figs.

Grant, E.M. 1991. Fishes of Australia. Brisbane : EM Grant Pty Ltd 480 pp.

Hobbs, J-P.A., Newman, S.J., Mitsopoulos, G.E.A., Travers, M.J., Skepper, C.L., Gilligan, J.J., Allen, G.R., Choat, H.J. & Ayling, A.M. 2014. Checklist and new records of Christmas Island fishes: the influence of isolation, biogeography and habitat availability on species abundance and community composition. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement 30: 184–202.

Hobbs, J-P.A., Newman, S .J., Mitsopoulos, G.E.A., Travers, M.J., Skepper, C.L., Gilligan, J.J., Allen, G.R., Choat, H.J. & Ayling, A.M. 2014. Fishes of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands: new records, community composition and biogeographic significance. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement 30: 203–219.

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp.

Myers, R. & Pratchett, M. 2010. Chaetodon meyeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. . Downloaded on 16 August 2015.

Kuiter, R.H. 2002. Butterflyfishes, Bannerfishes and their Relatives. Chorleywood, U.K. : TMC Publishing 208 pp.

Pyle, R. 2001. Chaetodontidae, Pomacanthidae. pp. 3224-3286 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 5 2791-3379 pp.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Steene, R.C. 1978. Butterfly and Angelfishes of the World. Australia. Sydney : A.H. & A.W. Reed Vol. 1 144 pp. 216 figs.


Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37365045

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:2-25 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish (rare)

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:18 cm TL

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