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      Registered: January 2004
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      Scientific Name: Chaetodon trifasciatus
      Common Names: Melon Butterflyfish, Indian Ocean Redfin Butterflyfish
      Max. size: 15.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 2 - 20 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific = East Africa to the Hawaiian and Tuamoto islands. However, the Pacific population has been recognized as a distinct subspecies (Chaetodon trifasciatus lunulatus Quoy & Gaimard, 1825) by Burgess while according to Randall, pers. comm. 1995, Chaetodon trifasciatus occurs only in the Indian Ocean, while Chaetodon lunulatus occurs only in the Pacific.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 13-14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 20-22; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 18-21. Distinguished by the orange caudal peduncle. Tip of caudal fin is transparent.
      Biology: Occur in coral-rich lagoons and semi-protected seaward reefs. Territorial and aggressive to other Chaetodon. Small juveniles secretive in corals. Swim in pairs. Feed exclusively on coral polyps, particularly of the Pocillopora type. Oviparous.
      Aquarium Care: This species feeds mainly on coral polyps (including Acropora spp.). It will also eat the occasional copepod and filamentous algae. The Melon Butterflyfish has poor survivability in the captive environment.
      Photo Courtesy of ©Robert A. Patzner
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      Keywords: Melon Butterflyfish; Indian Ocean Redfin Butterfly

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