Vagabond Butterflyfish

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The Vagabond Butterflyfish (Chaetodon vagabundus) is a tropical fish species that is a member of the ‘Butterflyfishes’ family Chaetodontidae. It distribution is throughout the warm tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region and can be found from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Line and Tuamoto Islands, north to southern Japan and down south to Lord Howe Island. This species is closely related to Chaetodon decussates. This species can be recognised by the black bands over the head and tail and the blue margin along the top of the dorsal fin. It can be found occurring on coral reefs and in lagoons and is generally seen in pairs. It is known to feed on algae, coral polyps, crustaceans and worms. The Vagabond Butterflyfish (Chaetodon vagabundus) grows to a maximum length of approximately 23cm.

Family: Chaetodontidae

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