threadfin butterflyfish

Scientific name Chaetodon auriga
Descriptor Forsskål
Year of description 1775
IUCN category LC
Family Chaetodontidae
Genus Chaetodon
Chaetodon auriga Chaetodon auriga

Introduction

Chaetodon auriga, commonly known as threadfin butterflyfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    23 cm
  • Shape
    Circular
  • Pattern
    diagonal stripes
  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    23 cm
  • Shape
    Circular
  • Pattern
    diagonal stripes

How to recognize the threadfin butterflyfish ?

The threadfin butterflyfish measures between 20 and 23 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly orange, noir and blanc body. The also has noir diagonal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous with carnivorous tendency
  • Sociability
    living as a couple or in a group
  • territorial
    No
  • Way of living
    diurnal

This species tends to be easily stressed: this uneasiness is characterized by the appearance of marked black bars on its whole body.

The threadfin butterflyfish is a fish living as a couple or in a group naturally found near the bottom. This species is omnivorous with carnivorous tendency .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path. However, she may show some signs of aggression with conspecifics.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The threadfin butterflyfish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

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

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    23 - 27 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 60 m
  • Flow
    Medium

Biotope presentation

The threadfin butterflyfish is most often found at a depth between 1m and 60m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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