Animal Species:Doublesaddle Butterflyfish, Chaetodon ulietensis Cuvier, 1831

The Doublesaddle Butterflyfish is white with thin vertical lines and two dark bands on the body. It ocurrs from the Central and Western Pacific.

A Doublesaddle Butterflyfish at the Great Barrier Reef

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Doublesaddle Butterflyfish

Identification

The Doublesaddle Butterflyfish is white with thin vertical lines and two dark bands on the body. The posterior part of the body and the dorsal, anal and caudal fins are yellow. There is a black bar through the eye and a black spot on the caudal peduncle.

Size range

The species grows to 15 cm in length.

Distribution

The Doublesaddle Butterflyfish is known from the Central and Western Pacific. In Australia it is found off north-western Western Australia and from northern Queensland south to the central coast of New South Wales.

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.

Chaetodon ulietensis

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Doublesaddle Butterflyfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

Coral reefs

Feeding and Diet

It eats a wide range of foods including invertebrates and algae.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The species is usually seen in pairs.

Classification

Species:
ulietensis
Genus:
Chaetodon
Family:
Chaetodontidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Allen, G.R., Steene, R. & M. Allen. 1998. A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes. Odyssey Publishing/Tropical Reef Research. Pp. 250.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  5. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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