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Common Name: blackwedged butterflyfish, Falcula butterflyfish
Scientific Name: Chaetodon falcula
Local Name: Asdhaanu bibee
Dhivehi Name: އަސްދާނު ބިބީ
Animalia  (Kingdom)
Chordata  (Plylum)
Perciformes  (Order)
Chaetodontidae  (Family)
Chaetodon   (Genus)

blackwedged butterflyfish, Falcula butterflyfish's description

Dorsal fin with 11 spines and 23-26 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 20-21 rays. Pectoral fin with 15 rays. Body depth 1.8 in standard length. Snout longer than eye. Coloured white anteriorly and ventrally. Yellow dorsally and posteriorly. Black eye band, two black dorsal triangular saddles and a black bar on caudal peduncle. Verticle grey lines on sides.

blackwedged butterflyfish, Falcula butterflyfish habitat

This species occurs in areas of rich coral growth in lagoons or on seaward reefs (Allen 1980, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It is usually seen in pairs or small aggregations that may contain as many as 20 individuals (Allen 1980). There is not data on the diet of this species, but it is assumed to feed on hard and soft corals, like the sister species C. ulientensis (M. Pratchett pers. comm. 2009).

blackwedged butterflyfish, Falcula butterflyfish threats

This species probably feeds on live coral, and may therefore decline in abundance following climate-induced coral depletion (Pratchett et al. 2008). Currently there have been no documented declines associated with coral loss, and there appear to be no other major threats to this species.

blackwedged butterflyfish, Falcula butterflyfish's status