Tag: Black-Cap Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Wiebeli)

A very common species found at all of the frequently visited locations in the area, the Black-Cap Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Wiebeli) is most often found singularly or in pairs, although on occasion, most likely around mating time, they may form groups of 30 or more.

Although this species is easily identified, it is often incorrectly identified as the Racoon Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Lunula) which is not present in local waters.

Growing to a maximum length of around 20cm, this species can be identified by its overall orange/yellow colouration with slightly redish diagonal bands. These bands may be broken below the pectoral fin to give the appearance of a small cluster of spots.

On the head there is a broad black vertical band running through the eye, a slightly narrower white band behind this and a final, shorter black band forming the "cap" at the top of the head.

The snout is greyish and may have a small black patch at the tip and there are single black and white vertical bands on the caudal fin.

A very common species found at all of the frequently visited locations in the area, the Black-Cap Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Wiebeli) is most often found singularly or in pairs, although on occasion, most likely around mating time, they may form groups of 30 or more.

Although this species is easily identified, it is often incorrectly identified as the Racoon Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Lunula) which is not present in local waters.

Growing to a maximum length of around 20cm, this species can be identified by its overall orange/yellow colouration with slightly redish diagonal bands. These bands may be broken below the pectoral fin to give the appearance of a small cluster of spots.

On the head there is a broad black vertical band running through the eye, a slightly narrower white band behind this and a final, shorter black band forming the "cap" at the top of the head.

The snout is greyish and may have a small black patch at the tip and there are single black and white vertical bands on the caudal fin.

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Black-Cap Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Wiebeli)

One of the most common local fish species. Usually found in pairs, although sometimes come together to form large groups.