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Species: Heniochus intermedius, Red-Sea Bannerfish

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body white + yellow tint
head black bar covers eye
knob over each eye
D spine IV filamentous
1st body bar origin before D filament
2nd body origin under D filament
A yellow, black edge

Heniochus intermedius Steindacher, 1893

Red-Sea Bannerfish

Body round, strongly compressed; snout projecting in a moderate sized tube, 33-40% head length; adults with a small pointed knob over each eye; dorsal fin XI, 25-26, with long filament based on 4th spine, rays longer than posterior spines; anal fin III, 17-18; pectorals 15-16; 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 under dorsal fin banner to top rear corner of anal fin; dorsal fin with soft dorsal, tail and anal fins yellow; pelvics black.

Reaches 20 cm

Lives on coral reefs

Depth range 3-50 m

Red Sea; introduced to SE Florida

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Corallivore
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Ectoparasite cleaner
  • Omnivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Hard corals
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
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
  • 20
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 50