saddle-back butterflyfish

Scientific name Chaetodon ephippium
Descriptor Cuvier
Year of description 1831
IUCN category (World) LC
Family Chaetodontidae
Genus Chaetodon
Chaetodon ephippium Chaetodon ephippium

Introduction

Chaetodon ephippium, commonly known as saddle-back butterflyfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    30 cm
  • Shape
    Circular
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes
  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    30 cm
  • Shape
    Circular
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes

How to recognize the saddle-back butterflyfish ?

The saddle-back butterflyfish measures between 20 and 30 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly jaune, bleu and gris body. The also has bleu horizontal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous
  • Sociability
    living as a couple or alone
  • territorial
    No
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The saddle-back butterflyfish is a fish living as a couple or alone naturally found near the bottom. This species is omnivorous .

Although the saddle-back butterflyfish is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species. It also shows signs of aggression towards its conspecifics.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare

The saddle-back butterflyfish is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

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

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    0 - 30 m

Biotope presentation

The saddle-back butterflyfish is most often found at a depth between 0m and 30m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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