Oriental Butterflyfish (Chaetodon auripes)

Also known as Coralfish, Gold Butterflyfish, Golden Butterflyfish, Modest Butterflyfish, Redtail Butterflyfish

Description

Also known as Coralfish, Gold Butterflyfish, Golden Butterflyfish, Modest Butterflyfish, Redtail Butterflyfish.

Found singly, pairs or in schools over rocky reefs rich in algae and coral growth.
They feed on benthic invertebrates.
Length - 20cm
Depth - 0-30m
Widespread Western 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. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/6648

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