Animal Species:Ovalspot Butterflyfish, Chaetodon speculum Cuvier, 1831
The Ovalspot Butterflyfish is yellow with a large black mark on the upper side of the body. The species occurs in the eastern Indian Ocean and Western Pacific.
Standard Common Name
Oval-spot Butterflyfish, Oval-spot Coralfish
The Ovalspot Butterflyfish is yellow with a large black mark on the upper side of the body. It has a black bar through the eye and a translucent caudal fin margin.
The species grows to 18 cm in length.
The species occurs from the eastern Indian Ocean and Western Pacific. It is found widely throughout tropical marine waters of Australia with the exception of parts of the Arafura Sea and Gulf of Carpentaria.
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
The species is found on coral reefs.
Feeding and Diet
It eats coral polyps and small benthic invertebrates.
- 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.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology