Yellowhead butterflyfish

Chaetodon xanthocephalus, known commonly as the Yellowhead butterflyfish, is a species of marine fish in the family Chaetodontidae.

Yellowhead butterflyfish
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C. xanthocephalus
Binomial name
Chaetodon xanthocephalus

DistributionEdit

The Yellowhead butterflyfish is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean.[2]

DescriptionEdit

The Yellowhead butterflyfish is a small size fish and can reach a maximum size of 20 cm length .[3] Overall color is white to pale grey with a series of five to six darker lines shaped in broad V's across the body. The head is covered by a broad yellow band and the dorsal and anal fins are mostly yellow.[4]

HabitatEdit

The Yellowhead butterflyfish is found at depths between 1 and 30m. Usually solitary, but may form loose shoals of 5-6 individuals and usually found around isolated coral heads. Territorial and aggressive to other chaetodonts; omnivorous.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Myers, R. & Pratchett, M. 2010. Chaetodon xanthocephalus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 10 September 2013.
  2. ^ http://eol.org/pages/213607/details#distribution
  3. ^ http://www.fishbase.org/summary/7794
  4. ^ http://www.fishbase.org/summary/7794
  5. ^ http://www.fishbase.org/summary/7794

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