Black-barred Butterflyfish, Chaetodon burgessi Allen & Starck 1973

Other Names: Burgess' Butterflyfish

Burgess' Butterflyfish, Chaetodon burgessi, in Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua, Indonesia - depth 8m. Source: Gerald R. Allen . License: All rights reserved

A whitish to pale yellowish deepwater butterflyfish with a black bar through the eye, a diagonal bar from the top of the head to behind the pectoral fin base, and a broad diagonal black area on the rear of the body.

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Black-barred Butterflyfish, Chaetodon burgessi Allen & Starck 1973

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Recorded at Rowley Shoals, Western Australia and Holmes Reef in the Coral Sea off Queensland. The species occurs elsewhere in the Western Pacific, usually in depths of 20-80 m, although individuals have been seen as shallow as 8 m. 
The species usually occurs in pairs on steep or undercut outer reef drop-offs, often in areas with abundant gorgonians and black coral, usually below 40 m. 


Dorsal fin XIII, 18-19; Anal fin III, 15-16; Pectoral fin 16; Lateral line scales 35-37.
Snout length 2.8-3.0 in HL. Body depth 1.6-1.7 in SL

Species Citation

Chaetodon burgessi Allen & Starck 1973, Tropical Fish Hobbyist 21(7): 17, Figs. 1-2. Type locality: off Bairakaseru Island, Ngemelis Islands, Palau Islands, Philippine Sea, 7°05'45"N, 134°15'15"E, depth 150 feet.


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Black-barred Butterflyfish, Chaetodon burgessi Allen & Starck 1973


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Quick Facts

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:20-80 m (usually >40m)

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:14 cm TL

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