Animal Species:Eight-banded Butterflyfish, Chaetodon octofasciatus (Bloch, 1787)
The Eight-banded Butterflyfish has a yellow to white body with eight black bands. The fish occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-West Pacific.
Standard Common Name
The Eight-banded Butterflyfish has a yellow to white body with eight black bands. It has a black stripe along the top of the snout and a clear caudal fin margin.
The species grows to 12 cm in length.
The Eight-banded Butterflyfish is found in tropical marine waters of the Indo-West Pacific.
In Australia it is known only from offshore islands of north-western Western Australia.
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 Eight-banded Butterflyfish eats coral polyps.
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Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology