Masked Bannerfish (Heniochus monoceros)

Also known as Coralfishes, Bannerfishes, Pennant Coralfish, Unicorn Pennant Coralfish, Masked Coachman, Horned Coachman, Three-banded Bullfish

Description

Also known as Coralfishes, Bannerfishes, Pennant Coralfish, Unicorn Pennant Coralfish, Masked Coachman, Horned Coachman and Three-banded Bullfish.

Found singly, pairs or small groups in lagoons, seaward and outer reefs rich in coral growth.
They feed on tentacles of featherdusters, Christmas-tree worms, benthic invertebrates.
Length - 23cm
Depth - 2-30m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Butterflyfishes have very fine hair like teeth that enable them to pick out small organisms inaccessible to most other fish for eating.
They thrive mainly on a diet of coral polyps, tentacles of featherdusters and Christmas-tree worms. As these food sources all zap back into their shells, butterflyfishes need to be able to hover motionless while picking at the coral and to dart swiftly over short distances to get the worm before it retracts. They do this by using their Pectoral fins as oars to brake, sprint, turn and even reverse.

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