The Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count

Lined butterflyfish

Chaetodon lineolatus Cuvier, 1831
Family: Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfishes) picture (Chlin_u7.jpg) by Cook, D.C.
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Order: Perciformes (perch-likes)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
FishBase name: Lined butterflyfish
Max. size: 30.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; Ref. 5372); max. reported age: 10 years
Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 2 – 171 m
Climate: tropical; 30°N – 28°S
Importance: fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial; price category: not marketed/unknown
Resilience: High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months(Preliminary K or Fecundity.)
Vulnerability: Low vulnerability (20.19), based on Lmax and K (Ref. 59153)
Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the Hawaiian, Marquesan, and Ducie islands, north to southern Japan, south to the Great Barrier Reef and Lord Howe Island. Throughout Micronesia.
Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12 – 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 24 – 27; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 19 – 22. The dorsal caudal and anal fins are bright yellow. Body color is white with a black elliptical marking along the edge of the posterior portion of the back extending across the caudal peduncle to the base of the posterior anal fin rays. A series of thin vertical black lines run across the sides, and a prominent vertical black band runs across the eye.
Biology: Occur in lagoon and seaward reefs, usually in pairs in coral rich areas (Ref. 1602). Engybenthic (Ref. 58302). Feed mainly on coral polyps and anemones, but also on small invertebrates and algae (Ref. 1602). Largest species in the genus (Ref. 9710). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Form pairs during breeding (Ref. 205).
Red List Status: Not Evaluated (Ref. 57073)
Dangerous: harmless
Main Ref: Steene, R.C.. 1978. (Ref. 4859)