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Gold Rim Butterfly


Gold Rim Butterfly
Chaetodon xanthocephalus
Place of origin: 
Western Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean, east to Sumatra. Closely related to Chaetodon ephippium and hybrids are known. Occurs mainly in inshore or sheltered reefs with rich coral growth to about 20m depth. Usually solitary, but adults occasionally in pairs. Identified by its greyish-white body with thin, dusk-blue chevron lines, bright yellow on head that continuous onto the ventral fins, and yellow dorsal and anal fins. Length to 20cm.

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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