Banded butterflyfish

Banded butterflyfish
Banded butterflyfish
Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfishes)
Chaetodon striatus
0 to 60 ft
The body is white with four dark gray to black bands. The first band runs along the nape from just in front of the dorsal fin through the eye and across the cheek. The second and third bands run down the side of the body. The fourth band runs from the soft dorsal fin and across the base of the tail. The soft dorsal fin, tail and anal fin are dark with a white edge. The pelvic fins are dark. Juveniles have large black "eye-spot" on soft dorsal fin. Grows to a length of 6 inches (15 cm). The banded butterflyfish is common throughout the Caribbean, including the Cayman Islands. It inhabits reef tops at depths between 10-60 feet (3-18 m). Like many butterflyfishes, this species probably mates for life and is often seen in pairs. It feeds on coral polyps and tiny crustaceans.

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