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Klein's butterflyfish

Chaetodon kleinii

(Image credit: David Harasti)

The body is yellowish brown with two white bars running vertically across the middle. A yellowish-brown bar is present in between the two white bars. The posterior section of the fish is a brighter yellow than the yellow-brown bar. A black bar crosses the eyes. Scales are tipped with light grey/white sections, which give the fish a white spotted look.

In adults a blue line becomes visible running along the edges of the rear section of the dorsal and anal fins. Adults also tend to show a blue tinge to the upper portion of the black band crossing the eyes. The caudal fin tips are transparent.

Length: Up to 15 cm


Rocky reefs and slopes; 4-60 m depth

Log it

In New South Wales, log this species if spotted in Port Stephens or south of here

Related links/info

Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/

Number of sightings 19

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