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Updated 6/28/2016

Family Chaetodontidae

INDO-PACIFIC

Chaetodon melannotus

Maeda Point, Okinawa, Japan, 40 feet

 

 


Sunabe, Okinawa, 20 feet

Juvenile, Nu'u'uli, Tutuila, America Samoa, 5 feet

 BLACKBACK BUTTERFLYFISH    Akebono-chochouo

Common as pair on coral reefs to at least 50 feet.  Feeds upon hard and soft coral polyps.  Attains 7 inches.  Chaetodon ocellicaudus lacks black area on back, spot on peduncle surrounded with yellow.  Indo-Pacific, Red Sea, Japan, east to Samoa.