Dot-and-dash Butterflyfish, Chaetodon pelewensis Kner 1868


Other Names: Dot and dash Butterflyfish, Dot-and-dash Butterfly-fish, Dot-and-dash Coralfish, Sunset Butterflyfish

A Dot-and-dash Butterflyfish, Chaetodon pelewensis, at Erscotts Hole, Lord Howe island. Source: Andrew J. Green / Reef Life Survey. License: CC By Attribution

Summary:
A yellowish to tannish-yellow butterflyfish with diagonal rows of dark bands that break up into spots anteriorly and on the lower sides, a black spot on top of the head, and an orange bar through the eye.

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Dianne J. Bray, Chaetodon pelewensis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 18 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/2393

Dot-and-dash Butterflyfish, Chaetodon pelewensis Kner 1868

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Distribution

Scott Reef, Western Australia, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to Sydney, New South Wales, including reefs in the Coral Sea, also the Lord Howe Island Province, Tasman Sea. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical, south-west-central Pacific. Usually seen in pairs on outer reefs.

Features

Dorsal fin XIII-IV, 22-25; Anal fin III, 17-18; Pectoral fin 14-15; Lateral-line scales 39-47.

Feeding

Feed mostly on coral polyps and small benthic invertebrates.

Remarks

Hybridises with the Spotbanded Butterflyfish, Chaetodon punctatofasciatus

Etymology

The species is named for the Pellew Islands (Palau).

Species Citation

Chaetodon pelewensis Kner, 1868, Sitzungsb. Akad. Wissensch. Wein 58(3-4): 306. Type locality: Palau (as Pellew Islands).

Author

Dianne J. Bray

Dot-and-dash Butterflyfish, Chaetodon pelewensis Kner 1868

References


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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37365049

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:8-30 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max weight:12.5 cm TL

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