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Chaetodon sedentarius - Reef Butterflyfish

Chaetodon sedentarius - Reef Butterflyfish

The reef butterflyfish is yellow with a whitish underside and a yellowish tail. It has two distinctive black bars that run vertically up and down its body. One is a thin bar through the eye and the other is a thick bar that stretches from the end of the dorsal fin to the tip of the anal fins. It is usually found between 3 and 4 inches, but can grow to 6 inches. Reef butterflyfish feed on worms, coral polyps, and other invertebrates and are found on coral reefs from 20 to 120 feet deep.


Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Western Atlantic: North Carolina, USA to northern South America, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.


Habitat
Inhabits coral reefs.


Diet
Prefer to feed on eggs of Abudefduf saxatilis but also on polychaete worms, shrimps, amphipods and hydroids.


Quick Fact
Reef butterflyfish are usually found in pairs around coral reefs.


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