Doublesaddle Butterflyfish Click to enlarge image
A Doublesaddle Butterflyfish at a depth of 6 m, 'Pixies south-east Wall', Great Barrier Reef north of Port Douglas, Queensland, November 1998. Image: Erik Schlögl
© Erik Schlögl

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    ulietensis
    Genus
    Chaetodon
    Family
    Chaetodontidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 15 cm in length.

Introduction

The Doublesaddle Butterflyfish is white with thin vertical lines and two dark bands on the body. It ocurrs from the Central and Western Pacific.

Identification

The Doublesaddle Butterflyfish is white with thin vertical lines and two dark bands on the body. The posterior part of the body and the dorsal, anal and caudal fins are yellow. There is a black bar through the eye and a black spot on the caudal peduncle.

Habitat

Coral reefs

Distribution

The Doublesaddle Butterflyfish is known from the Central and Western Pacific. In Australia it is found off north-western Western Australia and from northern Queensland south to the central 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.



Feeding and diet

It eats a wide range of foods including invertebrates and algae.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The species is usually seen in pairs.

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. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  5. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.