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Species: Heniochus diphreutes, Pennant Bannerfish, Schooling Bannerfish, Schooling Coachman

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head & body white
snout short
D spine IV filamentous
1st body bar origin before D filament
2nd body bar origin just behind D filament
breast profile round
A white + black

Heniochus diphreutes Jordan, 1903

Schooling Bannerfish, Schooling Coachman, Pennant Bannerfish

Body round, strongly compressed; snout projecting relatively short, 27-31% head length; head without horns or knobs;breast profile rounded; dorsal fin XII, 23-25, with long filament based on 4th spine, rays longer than posterior spines; anal fin III, 17-19; pectorals 16-18; tail fin truncate; lateral line complete, ends at base of tail fin, 40-60 scales.

Head and body white; front of body with dark bar from front of dorsal fin before 4th spine fin-banner, down nape and through pectoral and pelvic fins; snout dark; rear of body with an oblique dark bar from just behind dorsal fin banner to rear corner of anal fin; soft dorsal and tail yellow; anal fin white; pelvics black.

Reaches 21 cm

Lives on reefs; often in large schools.

Depth range 5-215 m, usually < 30m

Indo-central Pacific; introduced to southeast Florida

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Water column
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Ectoparasite cleaner
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Ectoparasites
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Exotic (Introduced)
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Exotic (Introduced)
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Vagrant
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 21
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 215