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Pyramid Butterflyfish

Hemitaurichthys polylepis

Description:

This butterflyfish family contains a colorful collection of fishes with diverse body patterns. This butterflyfish bears a white pyramid-shaped patch on each side. As it grows its head changes color from yellow to brown. The butterflyfish can grow up to 18cm in length.

Habitat:

This species occurs in tropical marine waters of the Eastern Indian Ocean and Western and Central Pacific, from South-east Asia, Christmas Island and Coco-Keeling Atoll, north to Japan, south to Australia and east to the Hawaiian and Pitcairn Islandssrilanka. The Pyramid Butterflyfish is usually seen in depths between 3 m and 60 m in outer reef areas close to drop-offs. It often forms large shoals containing hundreds of individuals all swimming high in the water column feeding on plankton.


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2 Comments

PuffyEyedChameleon
PuffyEyedChameleon 5 years ago

Beautiful!

Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines

Lat: 9.52, Long: 123.68

Spotted on Oct 2, 2012
Submitted on Nov 9, 2012

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