The Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count

Chaetodon reticulatus Cuvier, 1831

Family: Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfishes)
Order: Perciformes (perch-likes)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
FishBase name: Mailed butterflyfish

Max. size:18.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; Ref. 48636

Environment:reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 – 30 m

tropical; 30°N – 30°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 (10.00), based on Lmax and K (Ref. 59153)

Distribution: Gazetteer Pacific Ocean: Ryukyu Islands to the Great Barrier Reef and the Hawaiian, Marquesan and Ducie islands.

Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12 – 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 26 – 29; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 20 – 22. Body is generally black with a broad white vertical band extending from the pelvic to the origin of the dorsal spines. There are several horizontal rows of white spots on the sides. Juveniles similar to adults but white area proportionally larger (Ref. 48636).

Biology: Relatively common on exposed seaward reefs; occasionally on shallow lagoon reefs in areas of rich coral growth and clear water. Juveniles in protected coral areas (Ref. 48636). Engybenthic (Ref. 58302). In pairs in Indonesia but schools in some Pacific locations (Ref. 48636). Often in pairs during breeding and feed mainly on scleractinian coral polyps. Easily approached (Ref. 9710). Oviparous (Ref. 205), monogamous (Ref. 52884).

Red List Status: Not Evaluated (Ref. 57073)

Dangerous: harmless 

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