Copperband Butterflyfish

The Copperband Butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus) is a marine (saltwater) fish in the Chaetodontidae family of long-beaked fish. It is also known as the Beaked Coral Fish. 

The Copperband Butterflyfish is laterally compressed, with yellow banding and a long, thin snout (nose). It has vertical yellow stripes on a white background. It has a large black eye-spot on its dorsal fin. It also has long yellow posterior fins. The base of its white tail has a dark band.

Copperband Butterflyfish

It grows to about 20 centimetres (8 inches) in length.

The Copperband Butterflyfish is native to the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean (the Indo-Pacific region). It prefers reefs and lagoons. 

It is territorial, defending its territory from other fish.

It eats tubeworms, clams, and molluscs. 

It is found alone or in pairs. It forms a monogamous pair for life. 

It is oviparous. The female lays eggs which are free floating in sea water until they hatch.

Copperband Butterflyfish
Copperband Butterflyfish
Copperband Butterflyfish
Copperband Butterflyfish

Location of photographs: Aquarium de Paris-Cinéaqua, France

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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