Vagabond butterflyfish
  • Chaetodon vagabundus
  • EnglishName: Vagabond butterflyfish
  • Local Name : Kokaa bibee
  • Size : Max. 18 cm
  • Family: CHAETODONTIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 13 spines and 23-26 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 19-22 rays. Pectoral fin with 15-16 rays. Body depth 1.5 in standard length.
  • Colour: Background colour white, and yellow posteriorly. Broad black band through eye, around posterior part of body and through the caudal fin. Two perpendicular series of thin grey lines on sides.
  • Habitat and Biology: Seen solitary, in pairs or in aggregations in a variety of habitats but mainly rich coral reefs. Can be easily approached. Feeds on coral polyps and algae.
  • Distribution: Indo-West Pacific.
  • Remarks: Chaetodon vagabundus, while no means rare is not especially common in Maldives. This is one of the easiest of the butterflyfishes to keep in aquarium.