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      Registered: January 2004
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      Scientific Name: Chaetodon ocellicaudus
      Max. size: 15.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 15 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Western Central Pacific = Malaysia to New Guinea, north to the Philippines; Palau (Belau) in Micronesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 19-20; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 17-18. Nearly identical to C. melanotus, differing only in the shape of the black mark on the caudal peduncle, in lacking a black mark on the chest, and in having 14 rather than 15 modal pectoral fin rays. n juvenile spottail butterflyfish the spot at the base of the caudal fin can be larger, extending from the top to the bottom of the caudal peduncle, and may be mistaken for the band-like marking of the blackbacked butterflyfish.
      Biology: Occurs in coral rich areas of reef flats, lagoons, and seaward reefs. Juveniles inshore. Adults usually seen in pair. Feeds on soft coral polyps (e.g. Litophyton viridis and species of the genera Sarcophyton, Nephthia, and Clavularia).
      Aquarium Care: Provide with plenty of swimming space and hiding spots. This species may nip at stony corals and eat soft corals. The Spot-Tail Butterflyfish may act aggressively towards fish of the same species or of similar coloration.
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      Keywords: Spot-Tail Butterflyfish; Butterfly

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