brushytoothed butterflyfish

Scientific name Hemitaurichthys polylepis
Descriptor Bleeker
Year of description 1857
IUCN category LC
Family Chaetodontidae
Genus Hemitaurichthys
Hemitaurichthys polylepis Hemitaurichthys polylepis


Hemitaurichthys polylepis, commonly known as brushytoothed butterflyfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    16 cm
  • Maximum size
    18 cm
  • Average size
    16 cm
  • Maximum size
    18 cm

How to recognize the brushytoothed butterflyfish ?

The brushytoothed butterflyfish measures between 16 and 18 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly jaune and blanc body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

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

The brushytoothed butterflyfish is a fish living as a couple or alone naturally found at mid-depth and near the bottom. This species is omnivorous .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Reproduction

The brushytoothed 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

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 60 m

Biotope presentation

The brushytoothed butterflyfish is most often found at a depth between 0m and 60m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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