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Haw Blue Stripe Butterfly


Haw Blue Stripe Butterfly
Chaetodon fremblii
Place of origin: 
Central Pacific
Only found in the Hawaiian Islands and a common species in the south-eastern region. Occurs on various reef habitats from shallow depths to over 50m, but most common in the shallows. Juveniles on reef crests, often at a few metres depth. Adults solitary, in pairs or small groups. Easily identified by its yellow body and contrasting blue stripes. 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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