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Tinkers Butterfly


Tinkers Butterfly
Chaetodon tinkeri
Place of origin: 
Central Pacific
Various locations in the Central Pacific, best known from the Hawaiian Islands. Occurs on deep reefs, usually over 40m depth, singular in pairs, or small  groups. An obvious species, easily identified in the wild because of the large white area on the body. One of several similar species of the central Pacific which have a single orange bar over the eyes in combination with a black triangular area covering the rear and upper sides of the body. Length to 15cm. 

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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