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Common Name: Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish, Chaetodon decussatus
Scientific Name: Chaetodon decussatus
Local Name: Hindhukokaa bibee
Dhivehi Name: ހިނދުކޮކާ ބިބީ
Animalia  (Kingdom)
Chordata  (Plylum)
Perciformes  (Order)
Chaetodontidae  (Family)
Chaetodon   (Genus)

Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish, Chaetodon decussatus's description

Growing to a maximum of 20 cm (nearly 8 in) long, it is found on rich coral reefs and also on rubble and rocky areas. The monogamous adults swim in pairs and may be territorial and aggressive to other Chaetodon; juveniles are solitary. The Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish feeds largely on algae and coral polyps. They are oviparous.[2] It belongs to the large subgenus Rabdophorus which might warrant recognition as a distinct genus. In this group, it almost certainly is a rather close relative of the Threadfin Butterflyfish (C. auriga) and the Vagabond Butterflyfish (C. vagabundus). C. decussatus might be closer to the Threadfin Butterflyfish than to the common Vagabond Butterflyfish; as C. vagabundus has yielded abnormal DNA sequence data this is hard to say however. The C. auriga species group shares the characteristic pattern of two areas of ascending and descending oblique lines; species differ conspicuously in hindpart coloration.

Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish, Chaetodon decussatus's Behavior & Ecology

Found on rich coral reefs, also on rubble and rocky areas. Adults in pairs, juveniles solitary. Closely related to C. vagabundus. Home ranging. Excellent aquarium fish.

Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish, Chaetodon decussatus's Feeding

Feeds largely on algae and coral polyps, but captive ones will accept a wide variety of food.

Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish, Chaetodon decussatus's Reproduction

Form pairs during breeding.

Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish, Chaetodon decussatus's Relationship with Humans

use as a aquarium fish.

Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish, Chaetodon decussatus habitat

This species inhabits rocky, rubble or coral-rich areas, and is particularly common in turbid water (Allen 1980). It is a benthic feeder, and occasionally feeds from live corals (Allen 1980, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).

Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish, Chaetodon decussatus threats

There appear to be no major threats to this species. Collection is limited and is not considered to be impacting the global population.

Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish, Chaetodon decussatus's status