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Family: Chaetodontidae Butterflyfishes



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Photo by Randall, J.E.

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm SL
Amphichaetodon howensis (Waite, 1903)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Amphichaetodon howensis
[Lord Howe Island butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Southeast Pacific
Max. Length 14.5 cm NG
Amphichaetodon melbae Burgess & Caldwell, 1978

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Amphichaetodon melbae
[Narrow-barred butterflyfish]

Photo by Teichmann, P.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon adiergastos Seale, 1910

Photo by Teichmann, P.
 
Chaetodon adiergastos
[Philippine butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon andamanensis Kuiter & Debelius, 1999

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon andamanensis
[Andaman butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon argentatus Smith & Radcliffe, 1911

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon argentatus
[Asian butterflyfish]

Photo by CSIRO

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Chaetodon assarius Waite, 1905

Photo by CSIRO
 
Chaetodon assarius
[West Australian butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 12.5 cm TL
Chaetodon aureofasciatus Macleay, 1878

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon aureofasciatus
[Golden butterflyfish]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 23 cm TL
Chaetodon auriga Forsskål, 1775

Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Chaetodon auriga
[Threadfin butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon auripes Jordan & Snyder, 1901

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon auripes
[Oriental butterflyfish]

Photo by Field, R.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 13 cm SL
Chaetodon austriacus Rüppell, 1836

Photo by Field, R.
 
Chaetodon austriacus
[Blacktail butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Chaetodon baronessa Cuvier, 1829

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon baronessa
[Eastern triangular butterflyfish]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon bennetti Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Chaetodon bennetti
[Bluelashed butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Chaetodon blackburnii Desjardins, 1836

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon blackburnii
[Brownburnie]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 14 cm TL
Chaetodon burgessi Allen & Starck, 1973

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon burgessi
[Burgess' butterflyfish]

Photo by Steele, M.A.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 7.5 cm TL
Chaetodon capistratus Linnaeus, 1758

Photo by Steele, M.A.
 
Chaetodon capistratus
[Foureye butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Chaetodon citrinellus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon citrinellus
[Speckled butterflyfish]

Photo by Greenfield, J.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon collare Bloch, 1787

Photo by Greenfield, J.
 
Chaetodon collare
[Redtail butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon daedalma Jordan & Fowler, 1902

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon daedalma
[Wrought iron butterflyfish]

Photo by Tanaka, H.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon declivis Randall, 1975

Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Chaetodon declivis
[Marquesas butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon decussatus Cuvier, 1829

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon decussatus
[Indian vagabond butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon dialeucos Salm & Mee, 1989

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon dialeucos
[Oman butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon dolosus Ahl, 1923

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon dolosus
[African butterflyfish]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Chaetodon ephippium Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Chaetodon ephippium
[Saddle butterflyfish]

Photo by Tanaka, H.

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon falcula Bloch, 1795

Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Chaetodon falcula
[Blackwedged butterflyfish]

Photo by Field, R.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Chaetodon fasciatus Forsskål, 1775

Photo by Field, R.
 
Chaetodon fasciatus
[Diagonal butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon flavirostris Günther, 1874

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon flavirostris
[Black butterflyfish]

Photo by Pyle, R.L.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon flavocoronatus Myers, 1980

Photo by Pyle, R.L.
 
Chaetodon flavocoronatus
[Yellow-crowned butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Chaetodon fremblii Bennett, 1828

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon fremblii
[Bluestriped butterflyfish]

Photo by Field, R.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 17 cm TL
Chaetodon gardineri Norman, 1939

Photo by Field, R.
 
Chaetodon gardineri
[Gardner's butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon guentheri Ahl, 1923

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon guentheri
[Crochet butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon guttatissimus Bennett, 1833

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon guttatissimus
[Peppered butterflyfish]

Photo by Wirtz, P.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 27 cm TL
Chaetodon hoefleri Steindachner, 1881

Photo by Wirtz, P.
 
Chaetodon hoefleri
[Four-banded butterflyfish]

Photo by Munson, L.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 25.4 cm TL
Chaetodon humeralis Günther, 1860

Photo by Munson, L.
 
Chaetodon humeralis
[Threebanded butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon interruptus Ahl, 1923

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon interruptus
[Yellow teardrop butterflyfish]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon kleinii Bloch, 1790

Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Chaetodon kleinii
[Sunburst butterflyfish]

Photo by Field, R.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon larvatus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Field, R.
 
Chaetodon larvatus
[Hooded butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 18 cm SL
Chaetodon leucopleura Playfair, 1867

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon leucopleura
[Somali butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Chaetodon lineolatus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon lineolatus
[Lined butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Southeast Pacific
Max. Length 15.5 cm NG
Chaetodon litus Randall & Caldwell, 1973

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon litus
[Easter Island butterflyfish]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon lunula (Lacepède, 1802)

Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Chaetodon lunula
[Raccoon butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 14 cm TL
Chaetodon lunulatus Quoy & Gaimard, 1825

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon lunulatus
[Oval butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Chaetodon madagaskariensis Ahl, 1923

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon madagaskariensis
[Seychelles butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon marleyi Regan, 1921

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon marleyi
[Doublesash butterflyfish]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon melannotus Bloch & Schneider, 1801

Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Chaetodon melannotus
[Blackback butterflyfish]

Photo by Field, R.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Chaetodon melapterus Guichenot, 1863

Photo by Field, R.
 
Chaetodon melapterus
[Arabian butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 12.5 cm TL
Chaetodon mertensii Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon mertensii
[Atoll butterflyfish]

Photo by Field, R.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Chaetodon mesoleucos Forsskål, 1775

Photo by Field, R.
 
Chaetodon mesoleucos
[White-face butterflyfish]

Photo by Tanaka, H.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon meyeri Bloch & Schneider, 1801

Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Chaetodon meyeri
[Scrawled butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 13 cm SL
Chaetodon miliaris Quoy & Gaimard, 1825

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon miliaris
[Millet butterflyfish]

Photo by Tanaka, H.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14 cm SL
Chaetodon mitratus Günther, 1860

Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Chaetodon mitratus
[Indian butterflyfish]

Photo by Cook, D.C.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 17 cm TL
Chaetodon modestus Temminck & Schlegel, 1844

Photo by Cook, D.C.
 
Chaetodon modestus
[Brown-banded butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon multicinctus Garrett, 1863

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon multicinctus
[Pebbled butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14 cm TL
Chaetodon nigropunctatus Sauvage, 1880

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon nigropunctatus
[Black-spotted butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon nippon Steindachner & Döderlein, 1883

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon nippon
[Japanese butterflyfish]

Photo by Steele, M.A.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon ocellatus Bloch, 1787

Photo by Steele, M.A.
 
Chaetodon ocellatus
[Spotfin butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon ocellicaudus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon ocellicaudus
[Spot-tail butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon octofasciatus Bloch, 1787

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon octofasciatus
[Eightband butterflyfish]

Photo by Cook, D.C.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon ornatissimus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Cook, D.C.
 
Chaetodon ornatissimus
[Ornate butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 25 cm TL
Chaetodon oxycephalus Bleeker, 1853

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon oxycephalus
[Spot-nape butterflyfish]

Photo by Field, R.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14 cm TL
Chaetodon paucifasciatus Ahl, 1923

Photo by Field, R.
 
Chaetodon paucifasciatus
[Eritrean butterflyfish]

Photo by Asman, P.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 12.5 cm TL
Chaetodon pelewensis Kner, 1868

Photo by Asman, P.
 
Chaetodon pelewensis
[Sunset butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean

Chaetodon pictus Forsskål, 1775

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon pictus
[Horseshoe butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon plebeius Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon plebeius
[Blueblotch butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon punctatofasciatus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon punctatofasciatus
[Spotband butterflyfish]

Photo by Tanaka, H.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Chaetodon quadrimaculatus Gray, 1831

Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Chaetodon quadrimaculatus
[Fourspot butterflyfish]

Photo by Cook, D.C.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon rafflesii Anonymous [Bennett], 1830

Photo by Cook, D.C.
 
Chaetodon rafflesii
[Latticed butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon rainfordi McCulloch, 1923

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon rainfordi
[Rainford's butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon reticulatus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon reticulatus
[Mailed butterflyfish]

Photo by Freitas, R.

Eastern Central Atlantic
Max. Length 14.5 cm SL
Chaetodon robustus Günther, 1860

Photo by Freitas, R.
 
Chaetodon robustus
[Three-banded butterflyfish]

Photo by Wirtz, P.

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon sanctaehelenae Günther, 1868

Photo by Wirtz, P.
 
Chaetodon sanctaehelenae
[Saint Helena butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon sedentarius Poey, 1860

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon sedentarius
[Reef butterflyfish]

Photo by Baur, J.-C.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Chaetodon selene Bleeker, 1853

Photo by Baur, J.-C.
 
Chaetodon selene
[Yellow-dotted butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 26 cm TL
Chaetodon semeion Bleeker, 1855

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon semeion
[Dotted butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 23 cm TL
Chaetodon semilarvatus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon semilarvatus
[Bluecheek butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 19 cm TL
Chaetodon smithi Randall, 1975

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon smithi
[Smith's butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon speculum Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon speculum
[Mirror butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Chaetodon striatus Linnaeus, 1758

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon striatus
[Banded butterflyfish]

Photo by Tanaka, H.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon tinkeri Schultz, 1951

Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Chaetodon tinkeri
[Hawaiian butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Chaetodon triangulum Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon triangulum
[Triangle butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon trichrous Günther, 1874

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon trichrous
[Tahiti butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon tricinctus Waite, 1901

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon tricinctus
[Three-striped butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon trifascialis Quoy & Gaimard, 1825

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon trifascialis
[Chevron butterflyfish]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon trifasciatus Park, 1797

Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Chaetodon trifasciatus
[Melon butterflyfish]

Photo by Asman, P.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon ulietensis Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Asman, P.
 
Chaetodon ulietensis
[Pacific double-saddle butterflyfish]

Photo by Asman, P.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon unimaculatus Bloch, 1787

Photo by Asman, P.
 
Chaetodon unimaculatus
[Teardrop butterflyfish]

Photo by Asman, P.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 23 cm TL
Chaetodon vagabundus Linnaeus, 1758

Photo by Asman, P.
 
Chaetodon vagabundus
[Vagabond butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 19 cm TL
Chaetodon wiebeli Kaup, 1863

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon wiebeli
[Hongkong butterflyfish]

Photo by Rusconi, G.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon xanthocephalus Bennett, 1833

Photo by Rusconi, G.
 
Chaetodon xanthocephalus
[Yellowhead butterflyfish]

Photo by Cook, D.C.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 14 cm SL
Chaetodon xanthurus Bleeker, 1857

Photo by Cook, D.C.
 
Chaetodon xanthurus
[Pearlscale butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon zanzibarensis Playfair, 1867

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon zanzibarensis
[Zanzibar butterflyfish]

Photo by Großkopf, J.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chelmon marginalis Richardson, 1842

Photo by Großkopf, J.
 
Chelmon marginalis
[Margined coralfish]

Photo by Schafer, S.E.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 20.5 cm TL
Chelmon muelleri Klunzinger, 1879

Photo by Schafer, S.E.
 
Chelmon muelleri
[Blackfin coralfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chelmon rostratus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chelmon rostratus
[Copperband butterflyfish]

Photo by Fairclough, D.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 26 cm TL
Chelmonops curiosus Kuiter, 1986

Photo by Fairclough, D.
 
Chelmonops curiosus
[Western talma]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Chelmonops truncatus (Kner, 1859)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chelmonops truncatus
[Truncate coralfish]

Photo by Tanaka, H.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Coradion altivelis McCulloch, 1916

Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Coradion altivelis
[Highfin coralfish]

Photo by Cook, D.C.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Coradion chrysozonus (Cuvier, 1831)

Photo by Cook, D.C.
 
Coradion chrysozonus
[Goldengirdled coralfish]

Photo by Tanaka, H.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Coradion melanopus (Cuvier, 1831)

Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Coradion melanopus
[Twospot coralfish]

Photo by Moreau, J.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Forcipiger flavissimus Jordan & McGregor, 1898

Photo by Moreau, J.
 
Forcipiger flavissimus
[Longnose butterfly fish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Forcipiger longirostris (Broussonet, 1782)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Forcipiger longirostris
[Longnose butterflyfish]

Photo by Conservation International/GR Allen

Western Pacific
Max. Length 17 cm TL
Forcipiger wanai Allen, Erdmann & Jones Sbrocco, 2012

Photo by Conservation International/GR Allen
 
Forcipiger wanai
[Cenderawasih longnose butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Pacific
Max. Length 20.8 cm NG
Hemitaurichthys multispinosus Randall, 1975

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Hemitaurichthys multispinosus
[Many-spined butterflyfish]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Hemitaurichthys polylepis (Bleeker, 1857)

Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Hemitaurichthys polylepis
[Pyramid butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Hemitaurichthys thompsoni Fowler, 1923

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Hemitaurichthys thompsoni
[Thompson's butterflyfish]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Hemitaurichthys zoster (Bennett, 1831)

Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Hemitaurichthys zoster
[Brown-and-white butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 25 cm TL
Heniochus acuminatus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Heniochus acuminatus
[Pennant coralfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Heniochus chrysostomus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Heniochus chrysostomus
[Threeband pennantfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 21 cm TL
Heniochus diphreutes Jordan, 1903

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Heniochus diphreutes
[False moorish idol]

Photo by Field, R.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Heniochus intermedius Steindachner, 1893

Photo by Field, R.
 
Heniochus intermedius
[Red Sea bannerfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 24 cm TL
Heniochus monoceros Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Heniochus monoceros
[Masked bannerfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 17 cm TL
Heniochus pleurotaenia Ahl, 1923

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Heniochus pleurotaenia
[Phantom bannerfish]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Heniochus singularius Smith & Radcliffe, 1911

Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Heniochus singularius
[Singular bannerfish]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 19 cm TL
Heniochus varius (Cuvier, 1829)

Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Heniochus varius
[Horned bannerfish]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Johnrandallia nigrirostris (Gill, 1862)

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Johnrandallia nigrirostris
[Blacknosed butterflyfish]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Parachaetodon ocellatus (Cuvier, 1831)

Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Parachaetodon ocellatus
[Sixspine butterflyfish]

Photo by Dubosc, J.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 10 cm TL
Prognathodes aculeatus (Poey, 1860)

Photo by Dubosc, J.
 
Prognathodes aculeatus
[Longsnout butterflyfish]

Photo by Dubosc, J.

Western Central Atlantic
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Prognathodes aya (Jordan, 1886)

Photo by Dubosc, J.
 
Prognathodes aya
[Bank butterflyfish]

Photo by Bertoncini, A.A.

Southwest Atlantic

Prognathodes brasiliensis Burgess, 2001

Photo by Bertoncini, A.A.
 
Prognathodes brasiliensis
[]

Photo by Hooker, Y.

Southeast Pacific
Max. Length 12.1 cm SL
Prognathodes carlhubbsi Nalbant, 1995

Photo by Hooker, Y.
 
Prognathodes carlhubbsi
[]

Photo by Tanaka, H.

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Prognathodes dichrous (Günther, 1869)

Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Prognathodes dichrous
[Bicolor butterflyfish]

Photo by Gotshall, D.W.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Prognathodes falcifer (Hubbs & Rechnitzer, 1958)

Photo by Gotshall, D.W.
 
Prognathodes falcifer
[Scythemarked butterflyfish]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 11 cm TL

 
Prognathodes guezei
[Gueze's butterflyfish]

Photo by Tanaka, H.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 13.6 cm TL
Prognathodes guyanensis (Durand, 1960)

Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Prognathodes guyanensis
[French butterflyfish]
No picture found
Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL

 
Prognathodes guyotensis
[]

Photo by Wirtz, P.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 11.6 cm TL
Prognathodes marcellae (Poll, 1950)

Photo by Wirtz, P.
 
Prognathodes marcellae
[]

Photo by Chan, T.T.C.

Eastern Central Atlantic
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Prognathodes obliquus (Lubbock & Edwards, 1980)

Photo by Chan, T.T.C.
 
Prognathodes obliquus
[Oblique butterflyfish]

Photo by Hutchins, B.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 11.9 cm SL
Roa australis Kuiter, 2004

Photo by Hutchins, B.
 
Roa australis
[Triple-banded butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Roa excelsa (Jordan, 1921)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Roa excelsa
[Hawaiian gold-barred butterflyfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Roa jayakari (Norman, 1939)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Roa jayakari
[Indian golden-barred butterflyfish]
129 Species of Family Chaetodontidae
(Butterflyfishes)
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Year Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
1903 Amphichaetodon howensis Lord Howe Island butterflyfish Southwest Pacific 18 SL
1978 Amphichaetodon melbae Narrow-barred butterflyfish Southeast Pacific 14.5 NG
1910 Chaetodon adiergastos Philippine butterflyfish Western Pacific 20 TL
1999 Chaetodon andamanensis Andaman butterflyfish Eastern Indian Ocean 15 TL
1911 Chaetodon argentatus Asian butterflyfish Western Pacific 20 TL
1905 Chaetodon assarius West Australian butterflyfish Eastern Indian Ocean 13 TL
1878 Chaetodon aureofasciatus Golden butterflyfish Western Pacific 12.5 TL
1775 Chaetodon auriga Threadfin butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 23 TL
1901 Chaetodon auripes Oriental butterflyfish Western Pacific 20 TL
1836 Chaetodon austriacus Blacktail butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 13 SL
1829 Chaetodon baronessa Eastern triangular butterflyfish Western Pacific 16 TL
1831 Chaetodon bennetti Bluelashed butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 20 TL
1836 Chaetodon blackburnii Brownburnie Western Indian Ocean 13 TL
1973 Chaetodon burgessi Burgess' butterflyfish Western Pacific 14 TL
1758 Chaetodon capistratus Foureye butterflyfish Western Atlantic 7.5 TL
1831 Chaetodon citrinellus Speckled butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 13 TL
1787 Chaetodon collare Redtail butterflyfish Indo-West Pacific 18 TL
1902 Chaetodon daedalma Wrought iron butterflyfish Northwest Pacific 15 TL
1975 Chaetodon declivis Marquesas butterflyfish Eastern Indian Ocean 12 TL
1829 Chaetodon decussatus Indian vagabond butterflyfish Indo-West Pacific 20 TL
1989 Chaetodon dialeucos Oman butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 18 TL
1923 Chaetodon dolosus African butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 15 TL
1831 Chaetodon ephippium Saddle butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 30 TL
1795 Chaetodon falcula Blackwedged butterflyfish Indian Ocean 20 TL
1775 Chaetodon fasciatus Diagonal butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 22 TL
1874 Chaetodon flavirostris Black butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 20 TL
1980 Chaetodon flavocoronatus Yellow-crowned butterflyfish Western Pacific 12 TL
1828 Chaetodon fremblii Bluestriped butterflyfish Eastern Pacific 13 TL
1939 Chaetodon gardineri Gardner's butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 17 TL
1923 Chaetodon guentheri Crochet butterflyfish Western Pacific 18 TL
1833 Chaetodon guttatissimus Peppered butterflyfish Indian Ocean 12 TL
1881 Chaetodon hoefleri Four-banded butterflyfish Eastern Atlantic 27 TL
1860 Chaetodon humeralis Threebanded butterflyfish Eastern Pacific 25.4 TL
1923 Chaetodon interruptus Yellow teardrop butterflyfish Indian Ocean 20 TL
1790 Chaetodon kleinii Sunburst butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 15 TL
1831 Chaetodon larvatus Hooded butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 12 TL
1867 Chaetodon leucopleura Somali butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 18 SL
1831 Chaetodon lineolatus Lined butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 30 TL
1973 Chaetodon litus Easter Island butterflyfish Southeast Pacific 15.5 NG
1802 Chaetodon lunula Raccoon butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 20 TL
1825 Chaetodon lunulatus Oval butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 14 TL
1923 Chaetodon madagaskariensis Seychelles butterflyfish Indian Ocean 13 TL
1921 Chaetodon marleyi Doublesash butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 20 TL
1801 Chaetodon melannotus Blackback butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 18 TL
1863 Chaetodon melapterus Arabian butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 13 TL
1831 Chaetodon mertensii Atoll butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 12.5 TL
1775 Chaetodon mesoleucos White-face butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 13 TL
1801 Chaetodon meyeri Scrawled butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 20 TL
1825 Chaetodon miliaris Millet butterflyfish Eastern Central Pacific 13 SL
1860 Chaetodon mitratus Indian butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 14 SL
1844 Chaetodon modestus Brown-banded butterflyfish Western Pacific 17 TL
1863 Chaetodon multicinctus Pebbled butterflyfish Eastern Central Pacific 12 TL
1880 Chaetodon nigropunctatus Black-spotted butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 14 TL
1883 Chaetodon nippon Japanese butterflyfish Western Pacific 15 TL
1787 Chaetodon ocellatus Spotfin butterflyfish Western Atlantic 20 TL
1831 Chaetodon ocellicaudus Spot-tail butterflyfish Western Central Pacific 15 TL
1787 Chaetodon octofasciatus Eightband butterflyfish Indo-West Pacific 12 TL
1831 Chaetodon ornatissimus Ornate butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 20 TL
1853 Chaetodon oxycephalus Spot-nape butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 25 TL
1923 Chaetodon paucifasciatus Eritrean butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 14 TL
1868 Chaetodon pelewensis Sunset butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 12.5 TL
1775 Chaetodon pictus Horseshoe butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean
1831 Chaetodon plebeius Blueblotch butterflyfish Western Pacific 15 TL
1831 Chaetodon punctatofasciatus Spotband butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 12 TL
1831 Chaetodon quadrimaculatus Fourspot butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 16 TL
1830 Chaetodon rafflesii Latticed butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 18 TL
1923 Chaetodon rainfordi Rainford's butterflyfish Western Pacific 15 TL
1831 Chaetodon reticulatus Mailed butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 18 TL
1860 Chaetodon robustus Three-banded butterflyfish Eastern Central Atlantic 14.5 SL
1868 Chaetodon sanctaehelenae Saint Helena butterflyfish Southeast Atlantic 18 TL
1860 Chaetodon sedentarius Reef butterflyfish Western Atlantic 15 TL
1853 Chaetodon selene Yellow-dotted butterflyfish Western Pacific 16 TL
1855 Chaetodon semeion Dotted butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 26 TL
1831 Chaetodon semilarvatus Bluecheek butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 23 TL
1975 Chaetodon smithi Smith's butterflyfish Eastern Pacific 19 TL
1831 Chaetodon speculum Mirror butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 18 TL
1758 Chaetodon striatus Banded butterflyfish Western Atlantic 16 TL
1951 Chaetodon tinkeri Hawaiian butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 15 TL
1831 Chaetodon triangulum Triangle butterflyfish Indian Ocean 16 TL
1874 Chaetodon trichrous Tahiti butterflyfish Eastern Pacific 12 TL
1901 Chaetodon tricinctus Three-striped butterflyfish Southwest Pacific 15 TL
1825 Chaetodon trifascialis Chevron butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 18 TL
1797 Chaetodon trifasciatus Melon butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 15 TL
1831 Chaetodon ulietensis Pacific double-saddle butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 15 TL
1787 Chaetodon unimaculatus Teardrop butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 20 TL
1758 Chaetodon vagabundus Vagabond butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 23 TL
1863 Chaetodon wiebeli Hongkong butterflyfish Western Pacific 19 TL
1833 Chaetodon xanthocephalus Yellowhead butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 20 TL
1857 Chaetodon xanthurus Pearlscale butterflyfish Western Pacific 14 SL
1867 Chaetodon zanzibarensis Zanzibar butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 12 TL
1842 Chelmon marginalis Margined coralfish Western Pacific 18 TL
1879 Chelmon muelleri Blackfin coralfish Western Pacific 20.5 TL
1758 Chelmon rostratus Copperband butterflyfish Western Pacific 20 TL
1986 Chelmonops curiosus Western talma Eastern Indian Ocean 26 TL
1859 Chelmonops truncatus Truncate coralfish Indo-West Pacific 22 TL
1916 Coradion altivelis Highfin coralfish Indo-West Pacific 18 TL
1831 Coradion chrysozonus Goldengirdled coralfish Indo-Pacific 15 TL
1831 Coradion melanopus Twospot coralfish Western Pacific 15 TL
1898 Forcipiger flavissimus Longnose butterfly fish Indo-Pacific 22 TL
1782 Forcipiger longirostris Longnose butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 22 TL
2012 Forcipiger wanai Cenderawasih longnose butterflyfish Western Pacific 17 TL
1975 Hemitaurichthys multispinosus Many-spined butterflyfish Pacific 20.8 NG
1857 Hemitaurichthys polylepis Pyramid butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 18 TL
1923 Hemitaurichthys thompsoni Thompson's butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 18 TL
1831 Hemitaurichthys zoster Brown-and-white butterflyfish Indian Ocean 18 TL
1758 Heniochus acuminatus Pennant coralfish Indo-Pacific 25 TL
1831 Heniochus chrysostomus Threeband pennantfish Indo-Pacific 18 TL
1903 Heniochus diphreutes False moorish idol Indo-Pacific 21 TL
1893 Heniochus intermedius Red Sea bannerfish Western Indian Ocean 18 TL
1831 Heniochus monoceros Masked bannerfish Indo-Pacific 24 TL
1923 Heniochus pleurotaenia Phantom bannerfish Indian Ocean 17 TL
1911 Heniochus singularius Singular bannerfish Pacific Ocean 30 TL
1829 Heniochus varius Horned bannerfish Pacific Ocean 19 TL
1862 Johnrandallia nigrirostris Blacknosed butterflyfish Eastern Pacific 20 TL
1831 Parachaetodon ocellatus Sixspine butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 18 TL
1860 Prognathodes aculeatus Longsnout butterflyfish Western Atlantic 10 TL
1886 Prognathodes aya Bank butterflyfish Western Central Atlantic 15 TL
2001 Prognathodes brasiliensis Southwest Atlantic
1995 Prognathodes carlhubbsi Southeast Pacific 12.1 SL
1869 Prognathodes dichrous Bicolor butterflyfish Southeast Atlantic 16 TL
1958 Prognathodes falcifer Scythemarked butterflyfish Eastern Pacific 15 TL
1976 Prognathodes guezei Gueze's butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 11 TL
1960 Prognathodes guyanensis French butterflyfish Western Atlantic 13.6 TL
1982 Prognathodes guyotensis Northwest Pacific 15 TL
1950 Prognathodes marcellae Eastern Atlantic 11.6 TL
1980 Prognathodes obliquus Oblique butterflyfish Eastern Central Atlantic 15 TL
2004 Roa australis Triple-banded butterflyfish Indo-West Pacific 11.9 SL
1921 Roa excelsa Hawaiian gold-barred butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 15 TL
1939 Roa jayakari Indian golden-barred butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 16 TL



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