Animal Species:Saddle Butterflyfish, Chaetodon ephippium (Cuvier, 1831)

The Saddle Butterflyfish can be recognised by the large white-bordered black area on the upper side below the dorsal fin. The species occurs in marine tropical waters of the Western and Central Pacific.

Saddle Butterflyfish at Harrier Reef

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Saddle Butterflyfish

Alternative Name/s

Black-blotched Butterfly-fish, Saddleback Butterflyfish, Saddled Butterflyfish

Identification

The Saddle Butterflyfish can be recognised by the large white-bordered black area on the upper side below the dorsal fin. The body is grey with blue-grey stripes across the lower sides. The breast and snout are yellow. Adults have a filament extending from the back of the dorsal fin.

Size range

The species grows to 23 cm in length.

Distribution

It occurs in marine tropical waters of the Western and Central Pacific. In Australia it is known from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north and south to the northern 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 ephippium

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Saddle Butterflyfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Classification

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

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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. Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
  4. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  5. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  6. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  7. 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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