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      Scientific Name: Chaetodon mertensii
      Common Names: Atoll Butterflyfish, Merten's Butterflyfish, Pearlscale Butterflyfish, Chevron Butterflyfish, Orangetail Butterflyfish
      Max. size: 12.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 10 - 120 m
      Distribution: Pacific Ocean = Ryukyu Islands to the Philippines and extending to Lord Howe, Rapa and Tuamoto islands. Replaced by Chaetodon madagascariensis in the Indian Ocean, Chaetodon xanthurus in southeast Asia, and Chaetodon paucifasciatus in the Red Sea.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12-14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 21-23; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 16-17. Body color is white with 4-5 chevron-shaped blackish bands on the sides. The posterior portion of the trunk, the adjacent dorsal and anal fins, and the posterior portion of the caudal fin are yellow. A vertical black bar runs (uninterrupted) across the eye.
      Biology: Inhabit deep lagoons and seaward reefs. Occur singly or in pairs. Feed on algae and small benthic invertebrates. Oviparous. May hybridize with C. xanthurus.
      Aquarium Care: Best kept with nonaggressive tankmates in peaceful surroundings. This species id fairly hardy, and will accept a varied diet, which includes algae (marine and Spirulina) and meaty foods. The Atoll Butterflyfish may act aggressively towards members of the same or similar species. Can be housed with some of the more noxious soft corals.
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      Keywords: Atoll Butterflyfish; Merten\'s Pearlscale Chevron Butterfly; Orangescale Butterfly

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