Chaetodon reticulatus (Reticulated butterflyfish)

Identification

Black with pale grey scale centers becoming whiter on the back and forebody, yellow-edged black eye bar, margin of the tail is yellow with black edges, white in the middle and black at the tail base. It lives solitary or in pairs (during breeding), but also in schools.

Status

This species is deemed to have a stable population throughout the Pacific, but more data needs to be collected.

Habitat

Pacific Ocean: Ryukyu Islands to the Great Barrier Reef and the Hawaiian, Marquesan and Ducie islands. Relatively common on exposed seaward reefs; occasionally on shallow lagoon reefs in areas of rich coral growth and clear water. Juveniles in protected coral areas. This species can be found in a depth range of 1-30 meters.

Reproduction

Oviparous breeding, they form pairs during breeding. They are monogamous

Size

Up to 18cm.

Prey / Predation

It feeds mainly on soft coral polyps.

Special features

These butterflyfish are easily approached.