Bennetts butterflyfish
  • Chaetodon bennetti
  • EnglishName: Bennett’s butterflyfish
  • Local Name : Faiymini bibee
  • Size : Max. 19 cm
  • Family: CHAETODONTIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 14 spines and 16-18 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 14-16 rays. Pectoral fin with 14-16 (usually 15) rays. Body depth 1.4-1.8 in standard length.
  • Colour: Bright yellow. Dark eye band with blue-white borders. Large black blotch on side, enclosed by a blue edged ocellus. Two blue-white lines passing down and backwards, one on either side of the pectoral fin, from a point above and beind the eye.
  • Habitat and Biology: Often seen singly or in pairs, usually on outer reefs at depths between 5 to 25 m. Feeds mainly on coral polyps.
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Chaetodon bennetti is one of the most beautiful of all the butterflyfishes. But being a coralivore it is difficult to maintain in an aquarium.