Size6.5 inches (16 cm)
DietCoral polyps, polychaete worms, crustaceans and mollusk eggs
RangeWestern Atlantic from Massachusetts to Brazil
HabitatTropical waters in coral reefs
- Maximum length of approximately 6.5 inches (16 cm).
- Predominantly white with two vertical black bars along sides and another vertical black bar covering eye. Fins black with white spines.
The banded butterflyfish is typically seen singly or in pairs, but may form larger groups of up to 20 individuals while feeding on plankton. It has also been known to clean other reef fishes, such as surgeonfishes, parrot fishes and grunts.
- Diet consists of coral polyps, polychaete worms, crustaceans and mollusk eggs.
- Rarely, groups as large as 20 adults gather to feed on plankton. Will also clean reef fish joining the assembly, including grunts, surgeonfish and parrotfish.
- Occurs in the Western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.
- Found in tropical waters in coral reefs, commonly at depths of 15-60 feet (5-20 m). Depth range is approximately 9-165 feet (3-55 m).
- An oviparous, or egg-laying species
- Forms breeding pairs for reproduction.
- “Least Concern” on IUCN Red List.
- Most often alone or in pairs.
- Easy to approach.