Animal Species:Dusky Butterflyfish, Chaetodon flavirostris Günther, 1874
The Dusky Butterflyfish can be recognised by its colouration. The species occurs in shallow tropical waters of much of the South-western Pacific.
A Dusky Butterflyfish at Fly Point
Photographer: David and Leanne Atkinson © David and Leanne Atkinson
Standard Common Name
The Dusky Butterflyfish can be recognised by the yellow area on its snout, the dark band below the eye and dark body colour.
The Dusky Butterflyfish grows to 21 cm in length.
The species occurs from much of the South-western Pacific. In Australia it is known from Queensland to southern 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.
Distribution by collection data
Other behaviours and adaptations
Adults are usually seen in pairs, but juveniles tend to be solitary.
- Allen, G.R., Steene, R. & M. Allen. 1998. A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes. Odyssey Publishing/Tropical Reef Research. Pp. 250.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
- 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
Tags fishes, ichthyology, Dusky Butterflyfish, Chaetodon flavirostris, Chaetodontidae, black, grey, white, yellow, brown, normal fish, round, 10 cm - 30 cm, striped or bands, marine, adult, yellow snout, dark band, short tail,