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Sunburst Butterfly - Melanesia


Sunburst Butterfly - Melanesia
Chaetodon kleinii
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Widespread Indo-West Pacific, ranging to subtropical zones, but some geographical variations. Adults and juveniles form small groups and are found in various habitats. Feeds on a great variety of invertebrates and algae. Brownish to yellowish body with pale head and black head band running over eye, bluish above the eyes when adult. Length to 12cm.

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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