Species Details

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Common Name: Triangle butterflyfish
Scientific Name: Chaetodon triangulum
Local Name: Thineskan bibee
Dhivehi Name: ތިނެސްކަން ބިބީ
Animalia  (Kingdom)
Chordata  (Plylum)
Perciformes  (Order)
Chaetodontidae  (Family)
Chaetodon   (Genus)

Triangle butterflyfish's description

Ground color light brown. Dark chevron markings over most of body. Snout-eye band and opercular bar reddish. Caudal fin with broad black triangular or diamond shaped patch bordered with yellow.

Triangle butterflyfish's Behavior & Ecology

Usually found in shallow waters at depths of 2 to 12 m in the close association with branching corals.

Triangle butterflyfish habitat

This species is found within the clear waters of fringing reefs where plate-forming corals of the genus Acropora abound (Allen 1980). It is a territorial species occurring singly or in pairs. It is an obligate corallivore that feeds predominantly on Acropora corals and actively chases away other butterflyfishes encroaching on its food supply (Allen 1980, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).

Triangle butterflyfish threats

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

Triangle butterflyfish's status