Double Saddled Butterflyfish

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The Double Saddled Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ulietensis) is also commonly referred to as the ‘Pacific double-saddle butterflyfish’ and is a member of the Chaetodontidae fish family that includes the ‘Butterflyfishes’. This species can be found occurring in the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region and its distribution extends from the Cocos-Keeling Islands to the Tuamoto Islands, north to Japan and south to the Solomon Islands and Great Barrier Reef in Australia. This species is best recognised by the double black saddles and its body colour, particularly with the white colour between the saddles. It can be found occurring on coral reefs and in lagoons however juveniles are often encountered in estuaries and harbours. It is usually solitary however can often be seen in pairs or small groups and is known to feed on plant and animal material. The Double Saddled Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ulietensis) is known to grow to a maximum length of approximately 15cm.

Family: Chaetodontidae

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