Chaetodon nigropunctatus Sauvage, 1880
Black-spotted butterflyfish
Chaetodon nigropunctatus
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfishes)
Max. size:  14 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 15 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula south to tropical East Africa.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 21-23; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 18-20
Biology:  Found in coral reefs, solitary or paired. Home-ranging. Feed at least partially on coral polyps (Ref. 9710). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Form pairs during breeding (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 07 October 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 16.09.94
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 07.03.06

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