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Falcula Butterfly

01100

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Falcula Butterfly
Chaetodon falcula
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Care: 
Beginner
Diet: 
Omnivorous
Light: 
Medium
Place of origin: 
Western Indian Ocean
Widespread Indian Ocean. Adults in pairs, found in various reef habitats from lagoons to outer reef walls. Usually in current-prone habitats. Small juveniles secretive in corals. Distinctly marked with bright yellow and orange over the back and tail. Two well defined black saddles on the back and a black bar on the base of the caudal fin. Length 18cm.

The members of the family Chaetodontidae, popularly know as butterflyfishes, coralfishes and bannerfishes. Most species of butterflyfish live in the warm tropical seas of the Indo-Pacific (about 90%) with the remainder in the Atlantic. Only a few species are found in subtropical waters, bordering onto subtemperate zones. The butterflyfish have a highly compressed body in which the back is raised , forming an elongate-oval to near circular shape in some; a small protactible mouth with brush-like teeth in the jaws; a continuous dorsal fin with strong and sharp spines in the anterior section, followed by a large-surface soft part; an anal fin mirroring the soft part of the dorsal fin , headed by 3-5 strong spines, of which the 2nd is often greatly enlarged.

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