philippine butterflyfish

Scientific name Chaetodon adiergastos
Descriptor Seale
Year of description 1910
IUCN category (World) LC
Family Chaetodontidae
Genus Chaetodon
Chaetodon adiergastos Chaetodon adiergastos


The Chaetodon adiergastos, more commonly known as the Philippine butterflyfish, is a tropical fish native to the Indonesian seas and the Philippine Sea.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    18 cm
  • Maximum size
    20 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    diagonal stripes
  • Average size
    18 cm
  • Maximum size
    20 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    diagonal stripes

How to recognize the philippine butterflyfish ?

The Philippine butterflyfish is two-colored with a mostly yellow and white pattern. It is covered with greyish orange diagonal stripes.

Sexual dimorphism

Dimorphism not specified.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous with carnivorous tendency
  • Sociability
    living as a couple or in a group
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Juveniles live solitarily in shallow reefs and estuaries.

Adults are usually found as a pair or in groups and reside near soft corals.

Like other Chaetodon, these fish have a rather energetic swimming style. Generally, they do not pay much attention to other species. However, they may display some signs of aggression towards their conspecifics.


  • Reproduction
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The Philippine butterflyfish is an oviparous fish that spawns in open water. Its reproductive mode is still poorly understood.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    23 - 27 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 30 m
  • Flow

Biotope presentation

This species of butterflyfish is most commonly found at depths less than 30 meters. Adults live near coral reefs where they find their food, including corals, small crustaceans, and worms.

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