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Blackburn's Butterfly


Blackburn's Butterfly
Chaetodon blackburnii
Place of origin: 
Western Indian Ocean
Western Indian Ocean from the tropical African coast, ranging south to the Bashee River, Madagascar and ranging as far east as Mauritius. Rocky shores, commonly found on the east coast of South Africa on rocky and coral reefs to about 30m depth. Identified by the mostly dark-brown to almost black over most of the body and pale-yellow head with a black band. Known as Brownburnie in South Africa. Length to 13cm.

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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