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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Chaetodon plebeius
      Max. size: 15.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range - 10 m
      Distribution: Western Pacific = Andaman Sea to Fiji, north to Japan, south to Australia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 13-15; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-18; Anal spines: 4-5; Anal soft rays: 36-41. Body is yellow with narrow dark stripes on the sides. There is an elongate blue blotch on the upper sides and a white-edged black spot on the caudal peduncle. A white-edged black bar runs vertically on the head across the eye.
      Biology: Feed mainly on polyps of Acropora corals in lagoons and outer reefs. Usually in pairs. Oviparous. Juveniles have been observed to clean parasites from other fishes.
      Aquarium Care: Will eat stony coral polyps, and may be alright with some soft corals. This species does not do well in aquaria. Some sources say it is easy to keep and will accept substitute foods, but the majority do not recommend this fish in captivity. It is a very difficut fish to feed, as its main food source is Acropora corals. Vitamin-enriched live brine shrimp, clam on a half shell, or mashed up squid or shrimp on a coral skeleton, may entice an individual to eat. Once feeding, a variety should be offered in order to keep the fish healthy.
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      Keywords: Blueblotch Butterflyfish; Blue-Spot Butterfly

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