Animal Species:Bennett's Butterflyfish, Chaetodon bennetti Cuvier, 1831
Bennett's Butterflyfish can be recognised by its distinctive colouration. It is found throughout much of the Indo-West Pacific.
Standard Common Name
Bennett's Butterflyfish can be recognised by its distinctive colouration. It is yellow with light blue bands curving across the lower sides of the body. A blue-edged black bar passes through the eye.
The species grows to 20 cm in length.
Bennett's Butterflyfish is found throughout much of the Indo-West Pacific.
In Australia it is recorded from the offshore reefs of north-western Western Australia and from the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
Feeding and Diet
The species eats coral polyps.
- Allen, G.R., Steene, R. & M. Allen. 1998. A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes. Odyssey Publishing/Tropical Reef Research. Pp. 250.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.