Lord Howe Butterflyfish, Amphichaetodon howensis (Waite 1903)

Other Names: Broad-barred Butterflyfish, Lord Howe Coralfish, Lord Howe Island Butterflyfish

A Lord Howe Butterflyfish, Amphichaetodon howensis, at North Head, Lord Howe Island. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC BY Attribution

A butterflyfish with five broad black bands on the head, body and tail, body yellowish above fading to silvery below, caudal fin with a broad yellow margin, pelvic fins mostly black with a white spine and anterior rays.

Lord Howe Butterflyfish usually occur on deeper rocky reefs with coral cover, and are rarely seen by divers.

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Lord Howe Butterflyfish, Amphichaetodon howensis (Waite 1903)

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Moreton Bay, Queensland, to Montague Island, New South Wales, and at Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Also in northern New Zealand and The Chesterfield Islands, New Caledonia.

Inhabits rocky reefs with coral cover in depths of 10-150 m, although rarely seen in shallow waters.


Carnivore - feeds on benthic invertebrates.

Species Citation

Chaetodon howensis Waite, Rec. Aust. Mus. 5(1): 33. Type locality: Lord Howe Island.


Dianne J. Bray

Lord Howe Butterflyfish, Amphichaetodon howensis (Waite 1903)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37365020

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:10-150 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:18 cm SL

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