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Species: Chaetodon meyeri, Meyer's butterflyfish, Scrawled butterflyfish

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grey + yellow fins
head: 4 thin vertical bars
body: 6 thin curved bars

Chaetodon meyeri Bloch & Schneider, 1801

Meyer's butterflyfish, Scrawled 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 XII, 23-24; anal fin III, 18-20, 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);  47-54 lateral line scales.

Body bluish white; fins yellow with black bands; 3 yellow edged black bars on head; 6 oblique and curved black bars on body.

Size: 20 cm.

Habitat: rocky and coral reefs.

Depth: 2-30 m.

Indo-Pacific; vagrant in the Galapagos and the Revillagigedos.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Bottom
  • Corals
  • Water column
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Omnivore
  • Corallivore
  • Hard corals
  • Data
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific)
  • All species
  • Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans)
  • TEP non-endemic
  • All Pacific (West + Central + East)
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • Eastern Pacific non-endemic
  • All species
  • Island (s) only
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Vagrant
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 20
Depth Range Min
  • 2
Depth Range Max
  • 30