Chaetodon ornatissimus (Ornate butterflyfish)

Identification

Bluish white with yellow/orange diagonal bands, narrow yellow margin on the dorsal and anal fin, yellow-edged black eye bar. It usually lives in pairs.

Status

Least concern on the IUCN Red list. The species is very dependent on healthy coral reefs and for that reason may be vulnerable to coral depletion.

Habitat

Indo-Pacific: Sri Lanka to the Hawaiian, Marquesan and Ducie islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe and Rapa Islands; throughout Micronesia. Occur in clear waters and coral-rich areas of lagoon and seaward reefs. However, only common in seaward reefs. Benthopelagic species. Juveniles are solitary, living among branching corals, while adults are almost always in pairs and are home-ranging. They live in a depth range of 1-36 meters.

Reproduction

Oviparous breeders, they form pairs during breeding.

Size

Up to 20cm.

Prey / Predation

Feeds only on coral polyps.

Special features

The details are gorgeous on this fish, but they are shy and not easy to approach.