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Dot Dash Butterfly - Blue


Dot Dash Butterfly - Blue
Chaetodon guttatissimus
Place of origin: 
Western Indian Ocean
Widespread Indian Ocean, ranging east to Bali(where rare). Body pale with close-set dusky spots, forming a vertical pattern on upper sides and a horizontal pattern on lower sides. Yellow margin on dorsal fin with bright orange above the caudal peduncle. Adults usually in pairs. In most places in depths over 20m, but found in very shallow waters on reef crests at Pualu Weh off the northern tip of Sumatra. Length to 10cm.

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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