Madagascar butterflyfish
  • Chaetodon madagaskariensis

-EnglishName: Madagascar butterflyfish - Local Name : Madagaskara bibee -Size : Max. 14 cm -Family: CHAETODONTIDAE -Order : Perciformes -Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 13 spines and 20-21 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 16-17 rays. Pectoral fin with 15-16 rays. Body depth 1.4-1.8 in standard length. Snout subequal to eye. In large adults, the anal fin is distinctly angular. -Colour: Body pearly white. Black eye bar and a separate black spot on nape. Posterior area of yellow, and yellow patch on caudal fin. -Habitat and Biology: Omnivorous species found at depths of 10-40 m on the reef. -Distribution: Indian Ocean. -Remarks: Chaetodon madagaskariensis is very closely related to an almost identical species. C. mertensii Cuvier, of the Pacific Ocean. The former differs only by the detached black spot on nape.