Animal Species:Pennant Bannerfish, Heniochus chrysostomus (Cuvier, 1831)
The Pennant Bannerfish has three dark bands crossing the body and a yellow snout. The fish occurs in tropical marine waters of the western and southern Pacific.
Standard Common Name
The Pennant Bannerfish can be recognised by its colouration. It is white with a black band crossing the head and extending through the ventral fins. Two brown bands cross the body. The snout is yellow (chryso [Greek] - gold, stoma [Greek] - mouth).
The fourth dorsal fin spine supports an expanded pennant.
The species grows to 18 cm in length.
It is known from the western and southern Pacific. In Australia it is recorded from the central coast of Western Australia around the tropical north (except the Gulf of Carpentaria) and south to Sydney, 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
Feeding and Diet
The Pennant Bannerfish eats mainly coral polyps.
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Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags fishes, ichthyology, Pennant Bannerfish, Heniochus chrysostomus, Chaetodontidae, black, white, yellow nose, 'normal fish', triangular body, 10 cm - 30 cm, stripes or bands, tropical, marine, adult,