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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Chaetodon trifascialis
      Max. size: 18.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 2 - 30 m
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific = Red Sea and East Africa to Hawaiian and Society Islands.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 13-15; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-16; Anal spines: 3-5; Anal soft rays: 13-15. Body elongate; color is generally white with narrow chevron markings. Juveniles have a mostly yellow tail and a broad black band extending from the rear of the dorsal fin to the rear of the anal fin. Tail pattern and posterior part of body changes dramatically with growth.
      Biology: This territorial species occurs in shallow lagoon and semi-protected seaward reefs. Closely associated with tabular and staghorn Acropora corals upon which it feeds on their polyps and mucus. Solitary or in pairs. Juveniles secretive among coral branches. Oviparous.
      Aquarium Care: This species has a very poor survivability in captivity. It feeds on stony coral polyps in the wild, which it spends one-third of the daylight hours picking on (4-10 bites every minute). The specialized diet is extremely difficult to duplicate in captivity, and makes this fish a poor choice.
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      Keywords: Chevron Butterflyfish; Butterfly

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