Genus Roa

A small butterflyfish genus with very long third and fourth dorsal-fin spines, four yellowish to blackish bands on the head and body, and a black blotch on the soft-rayed portion of the dorsal fin. Species mostly inhabit deeper waters below 100 m, although some also occur in shallower depths.
Author: Bray, D.J. 2020

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Roa in Fishes of Australia, accessed 27 Feb 2024,


Kuiter, R.H. 2004. Description of a new species of Butterflyfish, Roa australis, from northwestern Australia (Pisces: Perciformes: Chaetodontidae). Records of the Australian Museum 56: 167-171. PDF available, open access

Rocha, L.A., Pinheiro, H.T., Wandell, M, Rocha, C.R. & Shepherd, B. 2017. Roa rumsfeldi, a new butterflyfish (Teleostei: Chaetodontidae) from mesophotic coral ecosystems of the Philippines. ZooKeys 709: 127-134.

Uejo, T., Senou, H. & Motomura, H. 2020. Roa haraguchiae, a new species of butterflyfish (Teleostei: Perciformes: Chaetodontidae) from Japan and the Philippines. Ichthyological Research