Bennett's Butterflyfish

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Chaetodon bennetti - Cuvier, 1831
Bennett's Butterflyfish

An obligate corallivore and poor prospect for the aquarium. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

One of a large number of attractive and appealing butterflyfishes that defy easy keeping in aquaria because of their natural dependence on coral polyps as a primary food source.

These species should not be widely collected or sold until a solution to their nutritional needs is found.

Family: Chaetodontidae

Other common name(s):

  • Bluelash Butterflyfish

Native range:

Habitat: In and near coral thickets, especially Acropora spp., where it feeds on polyps.

Maximum length: 20 cm (8 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 284 L (75 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: Midwater to bottom.

[edit] Feeding

Known as an obligate corallivore, this is a butterfly genetically programmed to feed on live coral polyps. It rarely switches to commonly fed aquarium foods, and even if it does, it regularly fades away due to a lack of needed nutrients.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Bennett's ButterflyfishRDF feed
Common name Bennett's Butterflyfish  +, and Bluelash Butterflyfish  +
Family Chaetodontidae  +
Genus Chaetodon  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 8 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 75 gal  +
Native range Indo-Pacific  +, East Africa  +, Pitcairn Group  +, Japan  +, and Lord Howe Island  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name bennetti  +
Swimming level Midwater to bottom.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +
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