Raccoon Butterflyfish (Juvenile) (Chaetodon lunula)

Also known as Coralfish, Crescent-masked Butterflyfish, Halfmoon Butterflyfish, Lunule Butterflyfish, Moon Butterflyfish, Raccoon Butterfly, Raccoon Coralfish, Red-striped Butterflyfish, Spotted Butterflyfish

Description

Also known as Coralfish, Crescent-masked Butterflyfish, Halfmoon Butterflyfish, Lunule Butterflyfish, Moon Butterflyfish, Raccoon Butterfly, Raccoon Coralfish, Red-striped Butterflyfish, Spotted Butterflyfish.

Found singly, pairs or in schools over shallow reef flats of lagoon and seaward reefs.
They feed on algae, coral polyps, benthic invertebrates, nudibranch.
Length - 20cm
Depth - 0-170m
Widespread Southeast Atlantic, 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. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Chaetodon-lunula

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Raccoon Butterflyfish (Juvenile). Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Raccoon Butterflyfish

Raccoon Butterflyfish

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