Species Details

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Common Name: Seychelles butterflyfish
Also Known As: Chaetodon madagascariensis
Scientific Name: Chaetodon madagaskariensis
Local Name: Madagaskara Bibee
Dhivehi Name: މަޑަގަސްކަރަ ބިބީ
Animalia  (Kingdom)
Chordata  (Plylum)
Perciformes  (Order)
Chaetodontidae  (Family)
Chaetodon   (Genus)

Seychelles butterflyfish's description

Seychelles butterflyfish grows to a maximum of 13 cm (more than 5 in) long. The body color is silver at the head, becoming white towards the tail, with a triangular orange patch covering the posterior and the caudal peduncle. There are a series of dark grey chevron lines on the sides of the body, partly broken into spots. Between the eyes and the start of the dorsal fin there is a black patch rimmed with white. The base of the caudal fin is white, followed by an orange patch and a white rim.

Seychelles butterflyfish's Behavior & Ecology

The Seychelles Butterflyfish is found in outer reef habitats in areas of rich coral growth on seaward reefs, at 10-40 m depth.. Adults usually occurs in pairs

Seychelles butterflyfish's Reproduction

Form pairs during breeding

Seychelles butterflyfish habitat

Rocky or coral-covered reefs of lagoons and outer slopes (frequently seen adjacent to steep slopes and drop-offs), from 8-60 m. Feeds on algae and benthic invertebrates (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).

Seychelles butterflyfish threats

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

Seychelles butterflyfish's status