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Burgess' Butterfly


Burgess' Butterfly
Chaetodon burgessi
Place of origin: 
Western Pacific
West Pacific, Bali to Flores, southern Indonesia to Micronesia and New Guinea. Only seen along deep outer reef walls. Usually at depths of over 40m, but in some localities much shallower. Occurs solitary or in pairs. Readily identified by the angular black and white banding. Length to 12cm.

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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