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Chaetodon lunula - (Lacépède, 1803)
Raccoon Butterflyfish

Chaetodon lunula, a large, robust species. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This is a robust species that will greedily attack and eat even large, stinging sea anemones. It is not appropriate for reef aquaria, but is a hardy, colorful species for the "fish-only" reef, with live rock and no vulnerable anemones or coral polyps. (It can quickly eat all the Aiptasia nuisance anemones in a tank, but will also nip all other tempting feather duster worms and corals with extended polyps.

On the reef it feeds primarily at night, but is also active during “light-time” hours in the aquarium. Occasionally, very small and very large individuals may have trouble acclimating to captivity.

If a specimen is reluctant to feed, place a small anemone in the tank—most individuals cannot resist nibbling on these invertebrates.

Family: Chaetodontidae

Other common name(s):

  • Raccoon Butterfly

Native range:

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: All levels.

[edit] Feeding

Varied diet, including marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp, and frozen preparations. Feed at least 3 times daily.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

More than one adult can be kept in the same large tank, but they will chase each other, and other members of their family, on occasion—usually without damage. It is peaceful with nonrelated fish species.

[edit] Notes

Similar to Chaetodon fasciatus, the Red Sea Raccoon Butterflyfish.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Raccoon ButterflyfishRDF feed
Common name Raccoon Butterflyfish  +, and Raccoon Butterfly  +
Family Chaetodontidae  +
Genus Chaetodon  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 8 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 75 gal  +
Native range Indo-Pacific  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Fishes  +
Specific name lunula  +
Swimming level All levels.  +
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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