Truncate Coralfish, Chelmonops truncatus

Image Caption: An Eastern Talma (Truncate Coralfish) at Fly Point, Port Stephens, NSW. Credit: Richard Ling/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The truncate coralfish is specifically found in the coastal waters of Australia at depths up to 230 feet, around rocky reefs that have an abundance of algae. This fish is a species of butterfly fish that is also called the Eastern Talma.

In Southern Australia the truncate coralfish is harvested largely for the aquarium trade, and is considered harmless to humans.

This species is brown or silver in color with 5 vertical dark bands. It has a long tubular snout, with both the dorsal and anal fins tall and pointed. The length of this fish can reach 8 – 9 inches.

The truncate coralfish feeds mainly on algae, but will also eat plants, seaweed, worms, and small invertebrates. This fish usually swims in pairs for feeding and also for mating, with fertilization being done externally.

Even with the high demand in the aquarium trade and the limited area this species inhabits, the truncate coralfish is of least concern of being an endangered species.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Chaetodontidae