Hemitaurichthys polylepis  (Bleeker, 1857)

Pyramid butterflyfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfishes)
Etymology: Hemitaurichthys: Greek, hemi = half + Greek, taureia = skin of bull + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 3 - 60 m (Ref. 90102).   Tropical; 32°N - 25°S

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 18.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 23-26; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 19 - 21.

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Pacific Ocean: Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean to Indonesia and the Hawaiian, Line, and Pitcairn islands, north to southern Japan, south to Rowley Shoals and New Caledonia. Replaced by Hemitaurichthys zoster in the Indian Ocean (Ref. 37816).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occur in large schools that may extend several meters above the edges of steep current-swept outer reef slopes. Common (Ref. 9710). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Feed on plankton (Ref. 3921). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Form pairs during breeding (Ref. 205).

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Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 1602)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5625   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.1   ±0.2 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.