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Doublesaddle butterflyfish

Chaetodon ulietensis

(Image credit: David Harasti)

The doublesaddle butterflyfish has rounded rectangular body shape with a white body that has a bright yellow rear section. Two large black elongate spots are present on the upper part of the body (i.e. the double saddles!). Overlying these black bars are thin black, evenly spaced vertical lines. A black band runs across the eyes (which are entirely black). Spines on the dorsal fin are yellow tipped. Caudal fin is transparent on the edges with a black spot at the base. Pectoral fins are also transparent. The anal fin in most individuals has a darker yellow band near the edge.

Commonly found in pairs or small aggregations.

Length: Up to 15 cm


Coral-rich lagoons and outer reef slopes; 2-25 m depth

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Log it New South Wales, if spotted in Port Stephens and south

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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/

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