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Fasciatus Butterfly


Fasciatus Butterfly
Chaetodon fasciatus
Place of origin: 
Red Sea
Widespread in the Red Sea, replacing Chaetodon Iunula from adjacent waters. a common species in soft coral habitats from shallow reef-flats  to deep slopes. Very similar to C.lunula and best distinguished from it by the lack of black on the caudal peduncle. Length to 24cm.

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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