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Hi Fin Butterfly


Hi Fin Butterfly
Coradion altivelis
Place of origin: 
Coral Sea
Eastern Australia and Coral Sea to southern Japan, ranging along eastern-most region of Indonesia, including Irian JAya and Halmahera, but may reach Sulawesi. Distinguished from similar species by the tall dorsal fin that is taller than the ventral fin is long. Inshore reefs in mixed algae and coral habitats and coastal drop-offs to about 25m depth. Length to 18cm.

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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