Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; brackish; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 5 - 15 m (Ref. 9710). Tropical; 0°S - 45°S
Western Pacific: northern Australia, from Western Australia to the Great Barrier Reef; New Guinea and perhaps further into Melanesia. Very closely related to Chaetodon rainfordi and the two species are sympatric over part of their ranges.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
Inhabit coastal and inner reefs; juveniles among branching corals. Solitary or paired (Ref. 9710). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Form pairs during breeding (Ref. 205). Hybridizes with Chaetodon rainfordi (Ref. 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Form pairs during breeding (Ref. 205). Monogamous mating is observed as both obligate and social (Ref. 52884).
Burgess, W.E., 1978. Butterflyfishes of the world. A monograph of the Family Chaetodontidae. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, New Jersey. (Ref. 4855)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 24.6 - 29.4, mean 28 °C (based on 923 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02344 (0.01159 - 0.04740), b=3.00 (2.83 - 3.17), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.61 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 132 [67, 215] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.937 [0.539, 1.615] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.9 [17.7, 20.0] % ; Omega3 = 0.124 [0.069, 0.219] g/100g ; Selenium = 27.3 [13.1, 53.6] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 47.4 [13.4, 167.0] μg/100g ; Zinc = 1.98 [1.30, 2.88] mg/100g (wet weight);