pinstriped butterflyfish

Scientific name Chaetodon trifasciatus
Descriptor Park
Year of description 1797
IUCN category LC
Family Chaetodontidae
Genus Chaetodon
Chaetodon trifasciatus Chaetodon trifasciatus


Chaetodon trifasciatus, commonly known as pinstriped butterflyfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    13 cm
  • Maximum size
    15 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    diagonal stripes
  • Average size
    13 cm
  • Maximum size
    15 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    diagonal stripes

How to recognize the pinstriped butterflyfish ?

The pinstriped butterflyfish measures between 13 and 15 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly jaune, orange and noir body. The also has marron diagonal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

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

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

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


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The pinstriped 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.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

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

Biotope presentation

The pinstriped butterflyfish is most often found at a depth between 1m and 30m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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