Millet Butterflyfish (Chaetodon miliaris)

Also known as Coralfish, Crochet Butterflyfish, Lemon Butterfly, Lemon Butterflyfish, Milletseed Butterflyfish

Description

Also known as Coralfish, Crochet Butterflyfish, Lemon Butterfly, Lemon Butterflyfish, Milletseed Butterflyfish.

Found in pairs or schools over shallow reef flats and seamounts.
They feed in midwater on benthic invertebrates and plankton.
Length - 13cm
Depth - 0-250m
Eastern Central Pacific - Hawaii, Johnston Island

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. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/5136

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