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2008-02-25 10:35:00

The beautiful black, white and yellow butterflyfish, much admired by eco-tourists, divers and aquarium keepers alike, may be at risk of extinction, scientists have warned.The case of the Chevroned Butterflyfish is a stark example of how human pressure on the world's coral reefs is confronting certain species with "Ëœblind alleys' from which they may be unable to escape, says Dr Morgan Pratchett of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University.In a...


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Four-eyed Butterflyfish, Chaetodon capistratus
2013-10-16 11:57:32

The Four-eyed Butterflyfish (Chaetodon capistratus) is a butterflyfish belonging to the family Chaetodontidae. It is alternatively called the Foureye Butterflyfish. This species can be found in the Western Atlantic from Massachusetts, USA and Bermuda to the West Indies and northern South America. This species is the type species of Chaetodon. If this genus is split up as some have proposed, it will retain its present name like its closest relatives, which include the Banded Butterflyfish...

Copperband Butterflyfish, Chelmon rostratus
2013-10-15 11:04:09

The Copperband Butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus), also known as the Beaked Coral Fish, are found in reefs in both the Pacific and the Indian Ocean. This butterflyfish is one of the three species that make up the genus Chelmon and they all have long beaks. These fish can easily be identified by the yellow banding and long snout. The younger fish are similar in appearance to adult fish. The butterflyfish grow up to 20 centimeters in length. The fish appears taller than its length due to it...

Truncate Coralfish, Chelmonops truncatus
2013-02-03 10:01:25

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...

Pyramid Butterflyfish, Hemitaurichthys polylepis
2013-01-30 15:32:54

Image Caption: Pyramid Butterflyfish in Kona, Hawaii. Credit: AquaImages/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.5) The pyramid butterflyfish is found in tropical waters in the Eastern Indian Ocean, Western Pacific, South-east Asia, Japan, Australia, around the Great Barrier Reef, and Hawaiian Islands. This species often swims in large schools from just below the surface to 130 feet in depth, around steep outer reef slopes. The pyramid butterflyfish has a white pyramid shaped patch on each side of the...

Longnose Butterflyfish, Forcipiger flavissimus
2013-01-12 07:21:03

The longnose butterflyfish has a wide distribution range. In the Indo-Pacific it is found in the Red Sea, East Africa, around the Hawaiian and Easter Islands, also from southern Japan to Lord Howe Island, and throughout Micronesia. In the Eastern Pacific it is found in southern Baja California, Mexico and from Revillagigedo to the Galapagos Islands. The longnose butterflyfish can swim alone, but as adults it is found usually in pairs, or even in groups of up to five fish. Commonly it will...

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