Madagascar Butterflyfish (Chaetodon madagaskariensis)

Also known as Chevron Butterflyfish, Coralfish, Hooded Butterflyfish, Indian Ocean Chevron Butterflyfish, Pearlscale Butterflyfish, Pearly Butterflyfish, Seychelles Butterflyfish

Description

Also known as Chevron Butterflyfish, Coralfish, Hooded Butterflyfish, Indian Ocean Chevron Butterflyfish, Pearlscale Butterflyfish, Pearly Butterflyfish, Seychelles Butterflyfish.

Found in pairs over coral and rubble areas of outer reefs rich in coral growth.
They feed on algae and benthic invertebrates.
Length - 12cm
Depth - 10-120m
Widespread Indian Ocean

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. (edit) Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/7793

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