Eightband Butterflyfish, Chaetodon octofasciatus Bloch 1787

Other Names: Eight Striped Butterflyfish, Eightbanded Butterflyfish, Eight-banded Butterfly-fish, Eight-banded Coralfish, Eight-striped Butterflyfish

An Eightband Butterflyfish, Chaetodon octofasciatus, in the Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, Indonesia. Source: Robert Fenner / http://www.wetwebmedia.com/. License: All rights reserved

A whitish to yellow butterflyfish with narrow black bars on the head and body, and a black spot on the caudal-fin base.

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Eightband Butterflyfish, Chaetodon octofasciatus Bloch 1787

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Recorded from Scott Reef, Western Australia. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical east-Indo-west Pacific. Inhabits areas with extensive coral growth in shallow protected lagoons and inner reefs - often in turbid and silty waters. Juveniles often shelter amongst branching Acropora corals.


An obligate coralivore - feeds only on coral polyps.


Although sometimes sold in the aquarium industry, this species feeds only on live corals and does not survive in captivity.

Species Citation

Chaetodon octofasciatus Bloch, 1787,  Naturgesch. ausl√§ndisch. Fische 3: 113, pl. 215, fig. 1. Type locality: East Indies.


Dianne J. Bray

Eightband Butterflyfish, Chaetodon octofasciatus Bloch 1787


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37365086

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-20 m

Feeding:Coral polyps only

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12 cm TL

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