Chevron Butterflyfish, Chaetodon trifascialis Quoy & Gaimard 1825


Other Names: Acropora Butterfly, Chevroned Butterflyfish, Rightangle Butterflyfish, Right-angled Butterfly-fish, Triangulate Butterflyfish, V-lined Butterflyfish

A Chevron Butterflyfish, Chaetodon trifascialis, at Signal Point, Lord Howe Island, Tasman Sea. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC BY Attribution

Summary:
A white butterflyfish with black chevron markings on the side, a pale-edged black bar through the eye, a dark caudal fin with a broad yellow submarginal band, and yellow dorsal and anal fins.

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Dianne J. Bray, Chaetodon trifascialis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/2402

Chevron Butterflyfish, Chaetodon trifascialis Quoy & Gaimard 1825

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Distribution

Houtman Abrolhos to Beagle Reef, and Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef, Western Australia, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea, to Arrawarra, New South Wales, also the Lord Howe Island region, and Cocos (Keeling) and Christmas islands, Indian Ocean. The species occurs elsewhere in the Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits rich coral areas with tabular Acropora corals.

Feeding

An obligate corallivore - feeds exclusively on the polyps of Acropora corals, epsecially Acropora hyacinthus.

Fisheries

Although occasionally collected for the aquarium industry, the Chevron Butterflyfish usually starves in captivity.

Author

Dianne J. Bray

Chevron Butterflyfish, Chaetodon trifascialis Quoy & Gaimard 1825

References


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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37365058

Conservation:IUCN Near Threatened

Depth:2-12 m

Feeding:Coral polyps only

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:18 cm TL

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