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Bandit Butterfly


Bandit Butterfly
Chaetodon humeralis
Place of origin: 
West America
Tropical eastern Pacific waters from the Gulf of California to Peru and offshore islands, including the Galapagos islands. Occurs commonly on shallow rocky reefs, in pairs or forms small aggregations. Identified by its silvery-white colouration and the two widely-spaced dark bands running almost vertically on the body, and the third band which runs over the head covering most of the eye. Length to 15cm.

The members of the family Chaetodontidae, popularly know as butterflyfishes, coralfishes and bannerfishes. Most species of butterflyfish live in the warm tropical seas of the Indo-Pacific (about 90%) with the remainder in the Atlantic. Only a few species are found in subtropical waters, bordering onto subtemperate zones. The butterflyfish have a highly compressed body in which the back is raised , forming an elongate-oval to near circular shape in some; a small protactible mouth with brush-like teeth in the jaws; a continuous dorsal fin with strong and sharp spines in the anterior section, followed by a large-surface soft part; an anal fin mirroring the soft part of the dorsal fin , headed by 3-5 strong spines, of which the 2nd is often greatly enlarged.

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