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Family: Chaetodontidae Butterflyfishes



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Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm SL
Amphichaetodon howensis (Waite, 1903)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Amphichaetodon howensis
[Lord Howe Island butterflyfish]



Southeast Pacific
Max. Length 14.5 cm NG
Amphichaetodon melbae Burgess & Caldwell, 1978

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Amphichaetodon melbae
[Narrow-barred butterflyfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon adiergastos Seale, 1910

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon adiergastos
[Philippine butterflyfish]



Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon andamanensis Kuiter & Debelius, 1999

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Chaetodon andamanensis
[Andaman butterflyfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon argentatus Smith & Radcliffe, 1911

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon argentatus
[Asian butterflyfish]



Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Chaetodon assarius Waite, 1905

Photo by Photo by CSIRO
 
Chaetodon assarius
[West Australian butterflyfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 12.5 cm TL
Chaetodon aureofasciatus Macleay, 1878

Photo by Photo by Steene, R.
 
Chaetodon aureofasciatus
[Golden butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 23 cm TL
Chaetodon auriga Forsskål, 1775

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Chaetodon auriga
[Threadfin butterflyfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon auripes Jordan & Snyder, 1901

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Chaetodon auripes
[Oriental butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 13 cm SL
Chaetodon austriacus Rüppell, 1836

Photo by Photo by Field, R.
 
Chaetodon austriacus
[Blacktail butterflyfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Chaetodon baronessa Cuvier, 1829

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon baronessa
[Eastern triangular butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon bennetti Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Chaetodon bennetti
[Bluelashed butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Chaetodon blackburnii Desjardins, 1836

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon blackburnii
[Brownburnie]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 14 cm TL
Chaetodon burgessi Allen & Starck, 1973

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Chaetodon burgessi
[Burgess' butterflyfish]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon capistratus Linnaeus, 1758

Photo by Photo by Steele, M.A.
 
Chaetodon capistratus
[Foureye butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Chaetodon citrinellus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Chaetodon citrinellus
[Speckled butterflyfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon collare Bloch, 1787

Photo by Photo by Greenfield, J.
 
Chaetodon collare
[Redtail butterflyfish]



Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon daedalma Jordan & Fowler, 1902

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon daedalma
[Wrought iron butterflyfish]



Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon declivis Randall, 1975

Photo by Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Chaetodon declivis
[Marquesas butterflyfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon decussatus Cuvier, 1829

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Chaetodon decussatus
[Indian vagabond butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon dialeucos Salm & Mee, 1989

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon dialeucos
[Oman butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon dolosus Ahl, 1923

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon dolosus
[African butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Chaetodon ephippium Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Chaetodon ephippium
[Saddle butterflyfish]



Indian Ocean
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon falcula Bloch, 1795

Photo by Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Chaetodon falcula
[Blackwedged butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Chaetodon fasciatus Forsskål, 1775

Photo by Photo by Field, R.
 
Chaetodon fasciatus
[Diagonal butterflyfish]



Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon flavirostris Günther, 1874

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon flavirostris
[Black butterflyfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon flavocoronatus Myers, 1980

Photo by Photo by Pyle, R.L.
 
Chaetodon flavocoronatus
[Yellow-crowned butterflyfish]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Chaetodon fremblii Bennett, 1828

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon fremblii
[Bluestriped butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 17 cm TL
Chaetodon gardineri Norman, 1939

Photo by Photo by Field, R.
 
Chaetodon gardineri
[Gardner's butterflyfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon guentheri Ahl, 1923

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Chaetodon guentheri
[Crochet butterflyfish]



Indian Ocean
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon guttatissimus Bennett, 1833

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon guttatissimus
[Peppered butterflyfish]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 27 cm TL
Chaetodon hoefleri Steindachner, 1881

Photo by Photo by Wirtz, P.
 
Chaetodon hoefleri
[Four-banded butterflyfish]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 25.4 cm TL
Chaetodon humeralis Günther, 1860

Photo by Photo by Munson, L.
 
Chaetodon humeralis
[Threebanded butterflyfish]



Indian Ocean
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon interruptus Ahl, 1923

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon interruptus
[Yellow teardrop butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon kleinii Bloch, 1790

Photo by Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Chaetodon kleinii
[Sunburst butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon larvatus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Field, R.
 
Chaetodon larvatus
[Hooded butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 18 cm SL
Chaetodon leucopleura Playfair, 1867

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon leucopleura
[Somali butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Chaetodon lineolatus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon lineolatus
[Lined butterflyfish]



Southeast Pacific
Max. Length 15.5 cm NG
Chaetodon litus Randall & Caldwell, 1973

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon litus
[Easter Island butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon lunula (Lacepède, 1802)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon lunula
[Raccoon butterflyfish]



Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 14 cm TL
Chaetodon lunulatus Quoy & Gaimard, 1825

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon lunulatus
[Oval butterflyfish]



Indian Ocean
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Chaetodon madagaskariensis Ahl, 1923

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon madagaskariensis
[Seychelles butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon marleyi Regan, 1921

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon marleyi
[Doublesash butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon melannotus Bloch & Schneider, 1801

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Chaetodon melannotus
[Blackback butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Chaetodon melapterus Guichenot, 1863

Photo by Photo by Field, R.
 
Chaetodon melapterus
[Arabian butterflyfish]



Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 12.5 cm TL
Chaetodon mertensii Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon mertensii
[Atoll butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Chaetodon mesoleucos Forsskål, 1775

Photo by Photo by Field, R.
 
Chaetodon mesoleucos
[White-face butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon meyeri Bloch & Schneider, 1801

Photo by Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Chaetodon meyeri
[Scrawled butterflyfish]



Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 13 cm SL
Chaetodon miliaris Quoy & Gaimard, 1825

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon miliaris
[Millet butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14 cm SL
Chaetodon mitratus Günther, 1860

Photo by Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Chaetodon mitratus
[Indian butterflyfish]



Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon multicinctus Garrett, 1863

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon multicinctus
[Pebbled butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14 cm TL
Chaetodon nigropunctatus Sauvage, 1880

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon nigropunctatus
[Black-spotted butterflyfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon nippon Steindachner & Döderlein, 1883

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon nippon
[Japanese butterflyfish]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon ocellatus Bloch, 1787

Photo by Photo by Steele, M.A.
 
Chaetodon ocellatus
[Spotfin butterflyfish]



Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon ocellicaudus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon ocellicaudus
[Spot-tail butterflyfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon octofasciatus Bloch, 1787

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon octofasciatus
[Eightband butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon ornatissimus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Cook, D.C.
 
Chaetodon ornatissimus
[Ornate butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 25 cm TL
Chaetodon oxycephalus Bleeker, 1853

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Chaetodon oxycephalus
[Spot-nape butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 14 cm TL
Chaetodon paucifasciatus Ahl, 1923

Photo by Photo by Field, R.
 
Chaetodon paucifasciatus
[Eritrean butterflyfish]



Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 12.5 cm TL
Chaetodon pelewensis Kner, 1868

Photo by Photo by Asman, P.
 
Chaetodon pelewensis
[Sunset butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean

Chaetodon pictus Forsskål, 1775

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon pictus
[Horseshoe butterflyfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon plebeius Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon plebeius
[Blueblotch butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon punctatofasciatus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon punctatofasciatus
[Spotband butterflyfish]



Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Chaetodon quadrimaculatus Gray, 1831

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon quadrimaculatus
[Fourspot butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon rafflesii Anonymous [Bennett], 1830

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon rafflesii
[Latticed butterflyfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon rainfordi McCulloch, 1923

Photo by Photo by Steene, R.
 
Chaetodon rainfordi
[Rainford's butterflyfish]



Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon reticulatus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon reticulatus
[Mailed butterflyfish]



Eastern Central Atlantic
Max. Length 14.5 cm SL
Chaetodon robustus Günther, 1860

Photo by Photo by Freitas, R.
 
Chaetodon robustus
[Three-banded butterflyfish]



Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon sanctaehelenae Günther, 1868

Photo by Photo by Wirtz, P.
 
Chaetodon sanctaehelenae
[Saint Helena butterflyfish]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon sedentarius Poey, 1860

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon sedentarius
[Reef butterflyfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Chaetodon selene Bleeker, 1853

Photo by Photo by Baur, J.-C.
 
Chaetodon selene
[Yellow-dotted butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 26 cm TL
Chaetodon semeion Bleeker, 1855

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon semeion
[Dotted butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 23 cm TL
Chaetodon semilarvatus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon semilarvatus
[Bluecheek butterflyfish]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 19 cm TL
Chaetodon smithi Randall, 1975

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon smithi
[Smith's butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon speculum Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon speculum
[Mirror butterflyfish]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Chaetodon striatus Linnaeus, 1758

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon striatus
[Banded butterflyfish]



Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon tinkeri Schultz, 1951

Photo by Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Chaetodon tinkeri
[Hawaiian butterflyfish]



Indian Ocean
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Chaetodon triangulum Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon triangulum
[Triangle butterflyfish]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon trichrous Günther, 1874

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon trichrous
[Tahiti butterflyfish]



Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon tricinctus Waite, 1901

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon tricinctus
[Three-striped butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chaetodon trifascialis Quoy & Gaimard, 1825

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon trifascialis
[Chevron butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon trifasciatus Park, 1797

Photo by Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Chaetodon trifasciatus
[Melon butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Chaetodon ulietensis Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Asman, P.
 
Chaetodon ulietensis
[Pacific double-saddle butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon unimaculatus Bloch, 1787

Photo by Photo by Asman, P.
 
Chaetodon unimaculatus
[Teardrop butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 23 cm TL
Chaetodon vagabundus Linnaeus, 1758

Photo by Photo by Asman, P.
 
Chaetodon vagabundus
[Vagabond butterflyfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 19 cm TL
Chaetodon wiebeli Kaup, 1863

Photo by Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Chaetodon wiebeli
[Hongkong butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chaetodon xanthocephalus Bennett, 1833

Photo by Photo by Rusconi, G.
 
Chaetodon xanthocephalus
[Yellowhead butterflyfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 14 cm SL
Chaetodon xanthurus Bleeker, 1857

Photo by Photo by Cook, D.C.
 
Chaetodon xanthurus
[Pearlscale butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Chaetodon zanzibarensis Playfair, 1867

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodon zanzibarensis
[Zanzibar butterflyfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Chelmon marginalis Richardson, 1842

Photo by Photo by Großkopf, J.
 
Chelmon marginalis
[Margined coralfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 20.5 cm TL
Chelmon muelleri Klunzinger, 1879

Photo by Photo by Schafer, S.E.
 
Chelmon muelleri
[Blackfin coralfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Chelmon rostratus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chelmon rostratus
[Copperband butterflyfish]



Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 26 cm TL
Chelmonops curiosus Kuiter, 1986

Photo by Photo by Fairclough, D.
 
Chelmonops curiosus
[Western talma]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Chelmonops truncatus (Kner, 1859)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chelmonops truncatus
[Eastern talma]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Coradion altivelis McCulloch, 1916

Photo by Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Coradion altivelis
[Highfin coralfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Coradion chrysozonus (Cuvier, 1831)

Photo by Photo by Yin, Robert
 
Coradion chrysozonus
[Goldengirdled coralfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Coradion melanopus (Cuvier, 1831)

Photo by Photo by Greenfield, J.
 
Coradion melanopus
[Twospot coralfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Forcipiger flavissimus Jordan & McGregor, 1898

Photo by Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Forcipiger flavissimus
[Longnose butterfly fish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Forcipiger longirostris (Broussonet, 1782)

Photo by Photo by Malaer, P.
 
Forcipiger longirostris
[Longnose butterflyfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 17 cm TL
Forcipiger wanai Allen, Erdmann & Jones Sbrocco, 2012

Photo by Photo by Conservation International/GR Allen
 
Forcipiger wanai
[Cenderawasih longnose butterflyfish]



Pacific
Max. Length 20.8 cm NG
Hemitaurichthys multispinosus Randall, 1975

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Hemitaurichthys multispinosus
[Many-spined butterflyfish]



Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Hemitaurichthys polylepis (Bleeker, 1857)

Photo by Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Hemitaurichthys polylepis
[Pyramid butterflyfish]



Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Hemitaurichthys thompsoni Fowler, 1923

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Hemitaurichthys thompsoni
[Thompson's butterflyfish]



Indian Ocean
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Hemitaurichthys zoster (Bennett, 1831)

Photo by Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Hemitaurichthys zoster
[Brown-and-white butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 25 cm TL
Heniochus acuminatus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Heniochus acuminatus
[Pennant coralfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Heniochus chrysostomus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Heniochus chrysostomus
[Threeband pennantfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 21 cm TL
Heniochus diphreutes Jordan, 1903

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Heniochus diphreutes
[False moorish idol]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Heniochus intermedius Steindachner, 1893

Photo by Photo by Field, R.
 
Heniochus intermedius
[Red Sea bannerfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 24 cm TL
Heniochus monoceros Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Heniochus monoceros
[Masked bannerfish]



Indian Ocean
Max. Length 17 cm TL
Heniochus pleurotaenia Ahl, 1923

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Heniochus pleurotaenia
[Phantom bannerfish]



Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Heniochus singularius Smith & Radcliffe, 1911

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Heniochus singularius
[Singular bannerfish]



Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 19 cm TL
Heniochus varius (Cuvier, 1829)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Heniochus varius
[Horned bannerfish]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Johnrandallia nigrirostris (Gill, 1862)

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Johnrandallia nigrirostris
[Blacknosed butterflyfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Parachaetodon ocellatus (Cuvier, 1831)

Photo by Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Parachaetodon ocellatus
[Sixspine butterflyfish]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 10 cm TL
Prognathodes aculeatus (Poey, 1860)

Photo by Photo by Honeycutt, K.
 
Prognathodes aculeatus
[Longsnout butterflyfish]



Western Central Atlantic
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Prognathodes aya (Jordan, 1886)

Photo by Photo by Dubosc, J.
 
Prognathodes aya
[Bank butterflyfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 10.6 cm SL

 
Prognathodes basabei
[]



Southwest Atlantic

Prognathodes brasiliensis Burgess, 2001

Photo by Photo by Bertoncini, A.A.
 
Prognathodes brasiliensis
[]



Southeast Pacific
Max. Length 12.1 cm SL
Prognathodes carlhubbsi Nalbant, 1995

Photo by Photo by Hooker, Y.
 
Prognathodes carlhubbsi
[]



Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Prognathodes dichrous (Günther, 1869)

Photo by Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Prognathodes dichrous
[Bicolor butterflyfish]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Prognathodes falcifer (Hubbs & Rechnitzer, 1958)

Photo by Photo by Gotshall, D.W.
 
Prognathodes falcifer
[Scythemarked butterflyfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 11 cm TL

 
Prognathodes guezei
[Gueze's butterflyfish]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 13.6 cm TL
Prognathodes guyanensis (Durand, 1960)

Photo by Photo by Tanaka, H.
 
Prognathodes guyanensis
[French butterflyfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 15 cm TL

 
Prognathodes guyotensis
[]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 11.6 cm TL
Prognathodes marcellae (Poll, 1950)

Photo by Photo by Wirtz, P.
 
Prognathodes marcellae
[]



Eastern Central Atlantic
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Prognathodes obliquus (Lubbock & Edwards, 1980)

Photo by Photo by Chan, T.T.C.
 
Prognathodes obliquus
[Oblique butterflyfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 11.9 cm SL
Roa australis Kuiter, 2004

Photo by Photo by Hutchins, B.
 
Roa australis
[Triple-banded butterflyfish]



Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Roa excelsa (Jordan, 1921)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Roa excelsa
[Hawaiian gold-barred butterflyfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 16 cm TL
Roa jayakari (Norman, 1939)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Roa jayakari
[Indian golden-barred butterflyfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 17 cm TL
Roa modesta (Temminck & Schlegel, 1844)

Photo by Photo by Cook, D.C.
 
Roa modesta
[Brown-banded butterflyfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 7.8 cm SL

 
Roa rumsfeldi
[Deep-blackfin butterflyfish]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Amphichaetodon howensis Lord Howe Island butterflyfish Southwest Pacific 18 SL 1903
Amphichaetodon melbae Narrow-barred butterflyfish Southeast Pacific 14.5 NG 1978
Chaetodon adiergastos Philippine butterflyfish Western Pacific 20 TL 1910
Chaetodon andamanensis Andaman butterflyfish Eastern Indian Ocean 15 TL 1999
Chaetodon argentatus Asian butterflyfish Western Pacific 20 TL 1911
Chaetodon assarius West Australian butterflyfish Eastern Indian Ocean 13 TL 1905
Chaetodon aureofasciatus Golden butterflyfish Western Pacific 12.5 TL 1878
Chaetodon auriga Threadfin butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 23 TL 1775
Chaetodon auripes Oriental butterflyfish Western Pacific 20 TL 1901
Chaetodon austriacus Blacktail butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 13 SL 1836
Chaetodon baronessa Eastern triangular butterflyfish Western Pacific 16 TL 1829
Chaetodon bennetti Bluelashed butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 20 TL 1831
Chaetodon blackburnii Brownburnie Western Indian Ocean 13 TL 1836
Chaetodon burgessi Burgess' butterflyfish Western Pacific 14 TL 1973
Chaetodon capistratus Foureye butterflyfish Western Atlantic 15 TL 1758
Chaetodon citrinellus Speckled butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 13 TL 1831
Chaetodon collare Redtail butterflyfish Indo-West Pacific 18 TL 1787
Chaetodon daedalma Wrought iron butterflyfish Northwest Pacific 15 TL 1902
Chaetodon declivis Marquesas butterflyfish Eastern Indian Ocean 12 TL 1975
Chaetodon decussatus Indian vagabond butterflyfish Indo-West Pacific 20 TL 1829
Chaetodon dialeucos Oman butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 18 TL 1989
Chaetodon dolosus African butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 15 TL 1923
Chaetodon ephippium Saddle butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 30 TL 1831
Chaetodon falcula Blackwedged butterflyfish Indian Ocean 20 TL 1795
Chaetodon fasciatus Diagonal butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 22 TL 1775
Chaetodon flavirostris Black butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 20 TL 1874
Chaetodon flavocoronatus Yellow-crowned butterflyfish Western Pacific 12 TL 1980
Chaetodon fremblii Bluestriped butterflyfish Eastern Pacific 13 TL 1828
Chaetodon gardineri Gardner's butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 17 TL 1939
Chaetodon guentheri Crochet butterflyfish Western Pacific 18 TL 1923
Chaetodon guttatissimus Peppered butterflyfish Indian Ocean 12 TL 1833
Chaetodon hoefleri Four-banded butterflyfish Eastern Atlantic 27 TL 1881
Chaetodon humeralis Threebanded butterflyfish Eastern Pacific 25.4 TL 1860
Chaetodon interruptus Yellow teardrop butterflyfish Indian Ocean 20 TL 1923
Chaetodon kleinii Sunburst butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 15 TL 1790
Chaetodon larvatus Hooded butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 12 TL 1831
Chaetodon leucopleura Somali butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 18 SL 1867
Chaetodon lineolatus Lined butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 30 TL 1831
Chaetodon litus Easter Island butterflyfish Southeast Pacific 15.5 NG 1973
Chaetodon lunula Raccoon butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 20 TL 1802
Chaetodon lunulatus Oval butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 14 TL 1825
Chaetodon madagaskariensis Seychelles butterflyfish Indian Ocean 13 TL 1923
Chaetodon marleyi Doublesash butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 20 TL 1921
Chaetodon melannotus Blackback butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 18 TL 1801
Chaetodon melapterus Arabian butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 13 TL 1863
Chaetodon mertensii Atoll butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 12.5 TL 1831
Chaetodon mesoleucos White-face butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 13 TL 1775
Chaetodon meyeri Scrawled butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 20 TL 1801
Chaetodon miliaris Millet butterflyfish Eastern Central Pacific 13 SL 1825
Chaetodon mitratus Indian butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 14 SL 1860
Chaetodon multicinctus Pebbled butterflyfish Eastern Central Pacific 12 TL 1863
Chaetodon nigropunctatus Black-spotted butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 14 TL 1880
Chaetodon nippon Japanese butterflyfish Western Pacific 15 TL 1883
Chaetodon ocellatus Spotfin butterflyfish Western Atlantic 20 TL 1787
Chaetodon ocellicaudus Spot-tail butterflyfish Western Central Pacific 15 TL 1831
Chaetodon octofasciatus Eightband butterflyfish Indo-West Pacific 12 TL 1787
Chaetodon ornatissimus Ornate butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 20 TL 1831
Chaetodon oxycephalus Spot-nape butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 25 TL 1853
Chaetodon paucifasciatus Eritrean butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 14 TL 1923
Chaetodon pelewensis Sunset butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 12.5 TL 1868
Chaetodon pictus Horseshoe butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 1775
Chaetodon plebeius Blueblotch butterflyfish Western Pacific 15 TL 1831
Chaetodon punctatofasciatus Spotband butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 12 TL 1831
Chaetodon quadrimaculatus Fourspot butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 16 TL 1831
Chaetodon rafflesii Latticed butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 18 TL 1830
Chaetodon rainfordi Rainford's butterflyfish Western Pacific 15 TL 1923
Chaetodon reticulatus Mailed butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 18 TL 1831
Chaetodon robustus Three-banded butterflyfish Eastern Central Atlantic 14.5 SL 1860
Chaetodon sanctaehelenae Saint Helena butterflyfish Southeast Atlantic 18 TL 1868
Chaetodon sedentarius Reef butterflyfish Western Atlantic 15 TL 1860
Chaetodon selene Yellow-dotted butterflyfish Western Pacific 16 TL 1853
Chaetodon semeion Dotted butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 26 TL 1855
Chaetodon semilarvatus Bluecheek butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 23 TL 1831
Chaetodon smithi Smith's butterflyfish Eastern Pacific 19 TL 1975
Chaetodon speculum Mirror butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 18 TL 1831
Chaetodon striatus Banded butterflyfish Western Atlantic 16 TL 1758
Chaetodon tinkeri Hawaiian butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 15 TL 1951
Chaetodon triangulum Triangle butterflyfish Indian Ocean 16 TL 1831
Chaetodon trichrous Tahiti butterflyfish Eastern Pacific 12 TL 1874
Chaetodon tricinctus Three-striped butterflyfish Southwest Pacific 15 TL 1901
Chaetodon trifascialis Chevron butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 18 TL 1825
Chaetodon trifasciatus Melon butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 15 TL 1797
Chaetodon ulietensis Pacific double-saddle butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 15 TL 1831
Chaetodon unimaculatus Teardrop butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 20 TL 1787
Chaetodon vagabundus Vagabond butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 23 TL 1758
Chaetodon wiebeli Hongkong butterflyfish Western Pacific 19 TL 1863
Chaetodon xanthocephalus Yellowhead butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 20 TL 1833
Chaetodon xanthurus Pearlscale butterflyfish Western Pacific 14 SL 1857
Chaetodon zanzibarensis Zanzibar butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 12 TL 1867
Chelmon marginalis Margined coralfish Western Pacific 18 TL 1842
Chelmon muelleri Blackfin coralfish Western Pacific 20.5 TL 1879
Chelmon rostratus Copperband butterflyfish Western Pacific 20 TL 1758
Chelmonops curiosus Western talma Eastern Indian Ocean 26 TL 1986
Chelmonops truncatus Eastern talma Indo-West Pacific 22 TL 1859
Coradion altivelis Highfin coralfish Indo-West Pacific 18 TL 1916
Coradion chrysozonus Goldengirdled coralfish Indo-Pacific 15 TL 1831
Coradion melanopus Twospot coralfish Western Pacific 15 TL 1831
Forcipiger flavissimus Longnose butterfly fish Indo-Pacific 22 TL 1898
Forcipiger longirostris Longnose butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 22 TL 1782
Forcipiger wanai Cenderawasih longnose butterflyfish Western Pacific 17 TL 2012
Hemitaurichthys multispinosus Many-spined butterflyfish Pacific 20.8 NG 1975
Hemitaurichthys polylepis Pyramid butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 18 TL 1857
Hemitaurichthys thompsoni Thompson's butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 18 TL 1923
Hemitaurichthys zoster Brown-and-white butterflyfish Indian Ocean 18 TL 1831
Heniochus acuminatus Pennant coralfish Indo-Pacific 25 TL 1758
Heniochus chrysostomus Threeband pennantfish Indo-Pacific 18 TL 1831
Heniochus diphreutes False moorish idol Indo-Pacific 21 TL 1903
Heniochus intermedius Red Sea bannerfish Western Indian Ocean 18 TL 1893
Heniochus monoceros Masked bannerfish Indo-Pacific 24 TL 1831
Heniochus pleurotaenia Phantom bannerfish Indian Ocean 17 TL 1923
Heniochus singularius Singular bannerfish Pacific Ocean 30 TL 1911
Heniochus varius Horned bannerfish Pacific Ocean 19 TL 1829
Johnrandallia nigrirostris Blacknosed butterflyfish Eastern Pacific 20 TL 1862
Parachaetodon ocellatus Sixspine butterflyfish Indo-Pacific 18 TL 1831
Prognathodes aculeatus Longsnout butterflyfish Western Atlantic 10 TL 1860
Prognathodes aya Bank butterflyfish Western Central Atlantic 15 TL 1886
Prognathodes basabei Eastern Central Pacific 10.6 SL 2016
Prognathodes brasiliensis Southwest Atlantic 2001
Prognathodes carlhubbsi Southeast Pacific 12.1 SL 1995
Prognathodes dichrous Bicolor butterflyfish Southeast Atlantic 16 TL 1869
Prognathodes falcifer Scythemarked butterflyfish Eastern Pacific 15 TL 1958
Prognathodes guezei Gueze's butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 11 TL 1976
Prognathodes guyanensis French butterflyfish Western Atlantic 13.6 TL 1960
Prognathodes guyotensis Northwest Pacific 15 TL 1982
Prognathodes marcellae Eastern Atlantic 11.6 TL 1950
Prognathodes obliquus Oblique butterflyfish Eastern Central Atlantic 15 TL 1980
Roa australis Triple-banded butterflyfish Indo-West Pacific 11.9 SL 2004
Roa excelsa Hawaiian gold-barred butterflyfish Pacific Ocean 15 TL 1921
Roa jayakari Indian golden-barred butterflyfish Western Indian Ocean 16 TL 1939
Roa modesta Brown-banded butterflyfish Western Pacific 17 TL 1844
Roa rumsfeldi Deep-blackfin butterflyfish Western Pacific 7.8 SL 2017



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