Bennetts Butterflyfish

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The Bennett’s Butterflyfish (Chaetodon bennetti) is a small tropical fish species that is member of the bright and colourful ‘Butterflyfishes’ fish family Chaetodontidae. This species can be found occurring in the warm tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region and can be found from east Africa to the Pitcairn Group, north to Japan, south to Lord Howe and Rapa Islands. This species is best identified by yellow coloured body with a large black blotch with a blue circle on the sides. Juveniles are very similar in appearance to adults however the white outline of the black spot on the side disappears as the fish increases in size. The Bennett’s Butterflyfish can be found occurring on coral reefs and in lagoons with areas that have good coral diversity. Juveniles are often found hiding in amongst shallow crops of Acropora corals. This species is known to feed on coral polyps and adults are generally found in pairs. The Bennett’s Butterflyfish (Chaetodon bennetti) grows to a maximum length of approximately 20cm.

Family: Chaetodontidae

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