Saddle Butterflyfish, Chaetodon ephippium Cuvier 1831


Other Names: Blackblotch Butterflyfish, Saddleback Butterflyfish, Saddle-back Butterflyfish, Saddled Butterflyfish, Saddled Coralfish

A Saddle Butterflyfish, Chaetodon ephippium, on Osprey Reef, Coral Sea, July 2015. Source: Ian Shaw / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

Summary:
A bluish-grey butterflyfish with a large black patch bordered in white on the upper rear of the body, blue lines on the lower sides, and an orange area from the snout to the breast region.

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Bray, D.J. & Thompson, A.S. 2018, Chaetodon ephippium in Fishes of Australia, accessed 08 Mar 2021, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/2380

Saddle Butterflyfish, Chaetodon ephippium Cuvier 1831

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Distribution

Ningaloo Reef to the Dampier Archipelago, and offshore reefs of north Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea, to Wollongong, New South Wales; also Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea, and Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere, the Saddle Butterflyfish occurs in the tropical Indo-Pacific.
Inhabits areas with rich coral growth in lagoons and seaward reefs.

Feeding

Feeds on coral polyps, algae, sponges, fish eggs and benthic invertebrates.

Fisheries

Frequently traded in the aquarium industry.

Species Citation

Chaetodon ephippium Cuvier, 1831, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 7: 80. Type locality: Bora Bora; Moluccas. 

Author

Bray, D.J. & Thompson, A.S. 2018

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Saddle Butterflyfish, Chaetodon ephippium Cuvier 1831

References


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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37365037

Danger:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-30 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:30 cm TL

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