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Perciformes  -  Chaetodontidae  -  Chaetodon  -  Chaetodon lunula

Chaetodon lunula

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head: black & white bars
shoulder: oblique  bars

rear body - oblique stripes
C base: dark spot



Chaetodon lunula (Lacepède, 1802)

Racoon butterflyfish

Body a strongly compressed oval disc; mouth small, at end of a short (~ 2x eye), pointed snout; teeth long and slender; dorsal fin with XI-XIIII, 22-25; anal fin III, 17-19, 2nd  spine longer than 3rd; rear edges of dorsal and anal fins bluntly angular; tail edge straight to rounded; scales rough, covering dorsal and anal fins as well as head and body; lateral line in a high arch, incomplete (ends under dorsal fin);  35-44 lateral line scales.

Body and fins bright yellow, shading to brown on upper back; a black bar from forehead through eye, with white bar immediately behind; an oblique black bar angled from upper edge of opercle to back of spiny dorsal; thin oblique brown lines on lower body; a black bar from soft dorsal onto tail base.

Size: 20 cm.

Habitat: rocky and coral reefs.

Depth: 1-30 m.

Indo-Pacific; vagrant in the Galapagos and Cocos.

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