ornate butterflyfish

Scientific name Chaetodon ornatissimus
Descriptor Cuvier
Year of description 1831
IUCN category LC
Family Chaetodontidae
Genus Chaetodon
Chaetodon ornatissimus Chaetodon ornatissimus


Chaetodon ornatissimus, commonly known as ornate butterflyfish, is a salt water fish.

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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 ornate butterflyfish ?

The ornate butterflyfish measures between 18 and 20 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly jaune, orange, noir and blanc body. The also has orange diagonal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living as a couple
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The ornate butterflyfish is a fish living as a couple naturally found near the bottom. This species is corallivore .

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

The ornate 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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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    24 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 36 m
  • Flow

Biotope presentation

The ornate butterflyfish is most often found at a depth between 1m and 36m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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