The Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count

Klein’s butterfly also known as Sunburst butterflyfish

Distribution: Gazetteer Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa (south to Coffee Bay, South Africa, Ref. 5372) to the Hawaiian Islands and Samoa, north to southern Japan, south to New South Wales, Australia and New Caledonia. Eastern Pacific: Galapagos Islands (Ref. 5227).

15.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; Ref. 5372)tropical; 30°N – 20°Sfisheries: subsistence fisheries; aquarium: commercial; price category: not marketed/unknown

Chaetodon kleinii Bloch, 1790
Family: Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfishes) picture (Chkle_u3.jpg) by Baur, J.-C.
Image for Chaetodon kleinii, Chaetodontidae, Sunburst butterflyfish.

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Order: Perciformes (perch-likes)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
FishBase name: Sunburst butterflyfish
Max. size: Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 4 – 61 m Climate: Importance: Resilience: High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months(Preliminary K or Fecundity.) Vulnerability: Low vulnerability (10.00), based on Lmax and K (Ref. 59153) Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 13 – 14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 20 – 23; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 17 – 20; Vertebrae: 24. Body is yellowish brown with two broad white vertical bars running across the body one from near the origin of the dorsal spine and the other from the middle of the back. A black bar runs vertically across the eye. There are numerous dotted horizontal stripes on the sides. The margin of caudal fin is transparent. Biology: Occur in deeper lagoons and channels, and seaward reefs (Ref. 1602). Engybenthic (Ref. 58302). Occur singly or in pairs (Ref. 37816). Common, omnivorous individuals that feed mainly on soft coral polyps (mainly on Sarcophyton tracheliophorum and Litophyton viridis), algae and zooplankton. Oviparous (Ref. 205). Form pairs during breeding (Ref. 205). Red List Status: Not Evaluated (Ref. 57073) Dangerous: harmless Coordinator: Main Ref: Myers, R.F.. 1991. (Ref. 1602)