Lined butterflyfish


  • Often recorded singly or in pairs.
  • Usually alert of divers. When scared, it will quickly swim away to hide in crevices.
  • Mainly feeds on tiny preys in coral rubble and sand, and on small invertebrates.


  • Body mainly whitish. Posteriorly, a long black blotch curves down from mid-dorsal fin base to mid-anal fin base. A yellow marking appears just before theblack blotch.
  • Numerous vertical black lines on body.
  • A vertical black bar crosses through eyes.
  • Dorsal, caudal and anal fins are yellow, but caudal fin is transparent in juveniles.

Common Name: Lined butterflyfish

Family Common Name: Butterflyfishes

Scientific Name: Chaetodon lineolatus___(Cuvier, 1831)

Maximum Length: 30 cm (Total Length)