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Chaetodon lunulatus

Quoy & Gaimard, 1824

Melon butterflyfish

Classification
Identification
Biology
Distribution
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Classification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Latin name : Chaetodon lunulatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)
Synonyms :
Classification : Chaetodontidae ( Butterflyfishes )
 
Name : Poisson-papillon côtelé du Pacifique
Name : Melon butterflyfish
Identification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Main identification characters
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Possible confusions
Chaetodon trifasciatus occurs only in the Indian Ocean, while Chaetodon lunulatus occurs only in the Pacific.
Biology   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Feed
Feed exclusively on coral polyps, particularly of the Pocillopora type.
Cycle of life / Reproduction
Oviparous.
Interaction with other species
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Distribution   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Habitat

Coral
Occur in coral-rich lagoons and semi-protected seaward reefs. Territorial and aggressive to other Chaetodon. Swim in pairs.
Geographical distribution
Indo-Pacific: Hawaii and Polynesia to West Pacific (rare to Bali).
Links   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Websites :
http://ibs.uel.ac.uk/fish-bin/fishgen.pl?speccode=5579
http://www.fishbase.org/Photos/ThumbnailsSummary.cfm?ID=5579
http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.cfm?genusname=Chaetodon [...]

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Bibliography   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Guide des récifs coralliens
A & A Ferrari
Delachaux & Niestlé, 1999-2000
Poissons-papillons
Rudie H. Kuiter & Helmut Debelius
Ulmer Editions
Data sheet written by Christophe Naslain , 29/11/2002

Updates :
Christophe Naslain - 08/08/2003


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