Tag: Eight-Banded Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Octofasciatus)

The Eight-Banded Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Octofasciatus) is another common species found in local waters, particularly around the shallower inshore reef areas.

It is easily recognised by its yellow/white-ish overall colouration with 8 narrow vertical black bands along the length of its body. The caudal fin is generally transparent and there is a black stripe on the top of the snout.

Growing to only around 12cm in length and rather shy in nature, these can be surprisingly difficult fish to get a good photograph of.

Their diet consists of coral polyps and they are most commonly found close to branching corals such as Staghorns, parrticularly in their juvenile phase.

The Eight-Banded Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Octofasciatus) is another common species found in local waters, particularly around the shallower inshore reef areas.

It is easily recognised by its yellow/white-ish overall colouration with 8 narrow vertical black bands along the length of its body. The caudal fin is generally transparent and there is a black stripe on the top of the snout.

Growing to only around 12cm in length and rather shy in nature, these can be surprisingly difficult fish to get a good photograph of.

Their diet consists of coral polyps and they are most commonly found close to branching corals such as Staghorns, parrticularly in their juvenile phase.

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Eight-Banded Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Octofasciatus)

The Eight-Banded Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Octofasciatus) is a very common reef fish found at all of the local dive and snorkelling sites, where it can usually be found in and around branching corals such as Staghorn Corals (Acropora Cervicornis).