Meyers butterflyfish
  • Chaetodon meyeri
  • EnglishName: Meyer’s butterflyfish
  • Local Name : Oirongu bibee
  • Size : Max. 20 cm
  • Family: CHAETODONTIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 12 spines and 23-24 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 18-20 rays. Pectoral fin with 15-16 rays. Body depth 1.3-1.6 in standard length.
  • Colour: Ground colour pale grey edged with yellow. Distinctive pattern of black curved lines on body. Habitat and Biology: Usually seen in pairs; found in rich coral areas at depths between 3-25 m. Juveniles remain near the shelter of branching corals. Feeds on coral polyps.
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: With its distinctive pattern Chaetodon meyeri cannot be mistaken for any other Maldivian butterflyfish. However, C. ornatissimus which is very rare in Maldives, has a similar pattern (but gold instead of black bands). Being a coralivore it is difficult to maintain in an aquarium.