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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Chaetodon semilarvatus
      Common Names: Bluecheek Butterflyfish, Golden Butterflyfish, Semilarvatus Butterflyfish, Blue Mask Butterflyfish
      Max. size: 23.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 20 m
      Distribution: Western Indian Ocean = Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
      Biology: A common species found in areas where there is rich coral growth. Often seen in pairs or small aggregations. Occasionally observed hovering in a stationary position for extended periods under ledges of Acropora plate corals.
      Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of swimming space and peaceful tankmates. This species can be a bold and a hardy addition. Best success is with a healthy younger specimen, as they acclimate more readily and are more likely to accept captive foods. In the wild, this fish feeds on soft and stony coral polyps, however, sometimes it can be kept with Sinularia spp.. The Bluecheek Butterflyfish can be kept in pairs or small groups in larger tanks.
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      Keywords: Bluecheek Butterflyfish; Golden Semilarvatus Butterfly; Blue Mask Butterfly

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