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Chaetodon ocellatus  Bloch, 1787

Spotfin butterflyfish
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Actinopterigi (pesci con pinne raggiate) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfishes)
Etymology: Chaetodon: Greek, chaite = hair + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Bloch.

Ambiente / Clima / Range Ecologia

; marino associati a barriera corallina; distribuzione batimetrica 0 - 30 m (Ref. 9626).   Tropical, preferred ?; 37°N - 8°N, 99°W - 58°W (Ref. 55370)

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Western Atlantic: Florida, USA to Brazil. Larvae are sometimes swept northward which accounts for the sighting of juvenile specimens as far north as Massachusetts, USA during summer months. One record (one specimen, 3 cm) from Musquodoboit Harbor, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Length at first maturity / Size / Peso / Age

Maturity: Lm 13.9  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.0 cm TL maschio/sesso non determinato; (Ref. 7251)

Short description Morfologia | Morfometria

Spine dorsali (totale): 12 - 14; Raggi dorsali molli (totale): 18-21; Spine anali 3; Raggi anali molli: 15 - 17. Body is white with a black bar running across the head through the eye. In juveniles, a second black bar runs from the base of the soft portion of the dorsal fin to the base of the anal fin. The dorsal, caudal and anal fins are either yellow or transparent (Ref. 4855). A narrow yellow bar from gill opening to pectoral base (Ref. 13442).

Biologia     Glossario (es. epibenthic)

Inhabit shallow, coral reefs with clear water (Ref. 9626). Develop dusky bands at night. Generally common (Ref. 9710). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Form pairs during breeding (Ref. 205).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturità | Riproduzione | Deposizione | Uova | Fecundity | Larve

Form pairs during breeding (Ref. 205).

Main reference Upload your references | Bibliografia | Coordinatore | Collaboratori

Randall, J.E., 1996. Caribbean reef fishes. Third Edition - revised and enlarged. T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Ltd., Hong Kong. 3nd ed. 368 p. (Ref. 13442)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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