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Updated 9/16/2013

Family Chaetodontidae, Butterflyfishes, Page 1 - Hawaii

Page 2, Indo-Pacific & Japan

Page 3, Tropical Eastern Pacific & Western Atlantic

Butterflyfishes are among the most attractive and familiar members of a coral reef ecosystem. Their presence or absence may be used to gauge the general health of a reef since many rely upon live coral as food, while others feed upon invertebrates, algae, or zooplankton. Butterflyfishes may be solitary, form aggregations, or pair-bond with a mate. Bold color patterns provide visual cues to other fish and provide some protection from predators.  There are 25 species of Butterflyfishes in Hawai�i, 123 throughout the world, of which four are endemic.  The Hawaiians referred to these as lauhau, lauwiliwili, or kīkākapu and did not eat them except during famine.

The Stripey is more closely related to Chubs but included here for convenience.

 

HAWAII

Chaetodon fremblii      endemic.gif (1686 bytes)

BLUESTRIPED BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Chaetodon miliaris    endemic.gif (1686 bytes)

MILLETSEED BUTTERFLYFISH

Chaetodon citrinellus

CITRON or LEMON BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Chaetodon kleinii

BLACKLIP or SUNBURST BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Chaetodon multicinctus    endemic.gif (1686 bytes)

PEBBLED or MULTIBAND BUTTERFLYFISH

 

 

Chaetodon unimaculatus

TEARDROP BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Chaetodon quadrimaculatus

FOURSPOT BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Chaetodon lunula

RACCOON BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Chaetodon lunulatus

OVAL BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Chaetodon reticulatus

RETICULATED BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Chaetodon ephippium

SADDLEBACK BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Chaetodon trifascialis

CHEVRON BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Chaetodon auriga

THREADFIN BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Chaetodon lineolatus

LINED BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Chaetodon ornatissimus

ORNATE BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Chaetodon tinkeri

TINKER'S BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Hemitaurichthys polylepis

PYRAMID BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Hemitaurichthys thompsoni

THOMPSON'S BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Heniochus diphreutes

PENNANT BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Forcipiger flavissimus

FORCEPSFISH

 

Forcipiger longirostris

LONGNOSE BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Forcipiger longirostris

LONGNOSE BUTTERFLYFISH, dark morph

 

Prognathodes basabei    endemic.gif (1686 bytes)

Prognathodes sp., Waikiki Aquarium

ORANGEMARGIN BUTTERFLYFISH

 

 

Roa excelsa

BROWN-BARRED BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Chaetodon miliaris x tinkeri endemic.gif (1686 bytes)

HYBRID MILLETSEED TINKER'S BUTTERFLYFISH

 

Chaetodon multicinctus x quadrimaculatusendemic.gif (1686 bytes)


HYBRID MULTIBAND FOURSPOT BUTTERFLYFISH
Family Microcanthidae

Microcanthus strigatus

STRIPEY