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Chaetodon ornatissimus

Cuvier, 1831

Ornate butterflyfish

Classification
Identification
Biology
Distribution
Links
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Classification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Latin name : Chaetodon ornatissimus (Cuvier, 1831)
Synonyms :
Classification : Chaetodontidae ( Butterflyfishes )
 
Name : Poisson-papillon orné
Poisson papillon orné
Name : Ornate butterflyfish
Ornate butterfly
Clown butterflyfish
Identification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Main identification characters
Body is white with orange to orange-brown oblique bands on the sides. Two broad yellow-edged black bars are on the head; one running across the eye and another on the snout.

Max. size: 20 cm.
Possible confusions
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Biology   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Feed
Feed exclusively on coral tissue.
Cycle of life / Reproduction
Oviparous.
Interaction with other species
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Distribution   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Habitat

Coral
Occur in clear waters and coral-rich areas of lagoon and seaward reefs from 1 to 40 meters deep. However, it is only common in seaward reefs. Juveniles are solitary, living among branching corals, while adults are almost always in pairs and are home-ranging.
Geographical distribution
Indo-Pacific: Sri Lanka to Hawaii, the Marquesas, and Ducie Islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe and Rapa Islands; throughout Micronesia.
Links   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Websites :
http://ibs.uel.ac.uk/fish-bin/fishgen.pl?speccode=6550
http://www.amonline.net.au/fishes/fishfacts/fish/cornatis.htm
http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.cfm?ID=6550&genusname=C [...]
http://www.uog.edu/marinelab/fish/species_html/chaetodon.ornatissimus. [...]

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Bibliography   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Guide des récifs coralliens
A & A Ferrari
Delachaux & Niestlé, 1999-2000
Guide sous-marin de Tahiti
R. Bagnis & E. Christian
Les Editions du Pacifique, 1976-2000
Poissons-papillons
Rudie H. Kuiter & Helmut Debelius
Ulmer Editions
Data sheet written by Christophe Naslain , 4/12/2002

Updates :
Christophe Naslain - 08/08/2003
Abystrale - 27/08/2006


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