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Pyramid Butterflyfish

Hemitaurichthys polylepis


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.


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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PuffyEyedChameleon 11 years ago


The MnMs
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The MnMs

Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines

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

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