Chaetodon auripes Jordan & Snyder, 1901
Oriental butterflyfish
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfishes)
Max. size:  20 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 30 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Japan to Taiwan. Reported from the Maldives Islands (Ref. 4855).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 12-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 23-24; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 18-19. Description: Body golden brown or brown, horizontal stripes dark brown, head with vertical stripes one broad white with anteriorly adjacent black through eye. Tip of caudal fin is transparent (Ref. 4855). Snout length 2.7-3.4 in HL. Body depth 1.4-1.7 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Inhabit rocky reefs with algae and coral (Ref. 9710). Solitary or in groups (Ref. 9710). Feed on benthic invertebrates (Ref. 9710). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Form pairs during breeding (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 08 October 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 30.11.92
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.04.13
Checked by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 13.09.94

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