Halfmoon Butterflyfish habitat
This species is found in lagoons and on outer reefs where it is most commonly observed in rocky areas, either slopes or in the inter-tidal zone (especially juveniles). Animals occur singly, paired, or in small aggregations. Favoured food items include nudibranchs, tubeworm tentacles, coral polyps and algae (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It rarely feeds on live corals (Pratchett 2005), but has exhibited a decline in abundance from 1979 to 2003 at Moorea (Berumen and Pratchett 2006).