Spotbanded Butterflyfish, Chaetodon punctatofasciatus Cuvier 1831

Other Names: Dot And Dash Butterflyfish, Spot-banded Butterflyfish

A Spotbanded Butterflyfish, Chaetodon punctatofasciatus, on Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, July 2015. Source: John Turnbull / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A yellowish to yellowish-tan butterflyfish with 7 greyish bands on the upper sides that break up into rows of dark spots on the lower sides, a black spot on the forehead and an orange bar through the eye.

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Spotbanded Butterflyfish, Chaetodon punctatofasciatus Cuvier 1831

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Ningaloo Reef to offshore reefs of north Western Australia, Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, and the far northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland; also Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. 
Inhabits outer reef slopes at depths to 45 m - commonly in coral rich areas of clear lagoons and seaward reefs.


Omnivore - feeds on filamentous algae, coral polyps and benthic invertebrates. 


Occasionally hybridises with Dot-and-dash Butterflyfish, Chaetodon pelewensis, in the southern part of its range. 

Species Citation

Chaetodon punctatofasciatus Cuvier, 1831, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons 7: 28 (as Chaetodon punctato-fasciatus). Type locality: unknown.


Bray, D.J. 2021


Atlas of Living Australia

Spotbanded Butterflyfish, Chaetodon punctatofasciatus Cuvier 1831


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37365051

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-45 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12 cm TL

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