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Longnose Butterfly - 3 Stripe


Longnose Butterfly - 3 Stripe
Chelmon marginalis
Place of origin: 
Coral Sea
Coastal waters of northern and tropical Western Australia, where it replaces the closely related Chelmon rostratus. The most obvious difference from the latter is the lack of the central band on the body, but this is present in juveniles. Most common on sheltered, often silty reefs and enters mangrove lagoons. Adults usually in pairs. 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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