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Chaetodon argentatus Smith and Radcliffe, 1911
ASIAN BUTTERFLYFISH
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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Chaetodontidae  
 Genus Chaetodon  
  Chaetodon argentatus    Smith & Radcliffe, 1911 
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Synonyms: Anisochaetodon argentatus   details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)
Character: Body oval, deep, strongly compressed. Head length roughly equal to head height; preopercle smooth, without prominent spines. Snout short. Small protractile mouth with brush-like teeth in the jaws. Dorsal fin with XIII to XIV spines, no notch between spinous and soft dorsal fin; and 21 to 24 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 16 to 17 soft rays; pectoral fins transparent with 14 to 15 soft rays; pelvic fins with I stout spine and 5 branched rays; caudal fin rounded to slightly emarginate. Body silvery white to yellowish-grey, and reticulated dark marks in sides; 2 broad black bars on body; ocular band reduced to a small black spot above the eye. Distal portion of caudal fin black and transparent white. 
Habitat: Inhabit rocky areas and coral reefs at depths of 5 to 20 m. Often in pairs or groups. 
Distribution: Distributed from the coast of Japan, Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, China, and the Philippines. Widely around coral reefs in Taiwan. 
Utility: Marine aquarium fish. 
Name Code: 381572
  IUCN Red List:LC      
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Chaetodon argentatus Smith & Radcliffe , 1911

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfishes)
Etymology: Chaetodon: Greek, chaite = hair + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335 ) .

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 5 - 20 m (Ref. 9710 ).   Tropical

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Western Pacific: Japan, Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, China, and the Philippines.

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Maturity: L m   ?   range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4858 )

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Dorsal spines (total): 13 - 14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 21-22; Anal spines : 3; Anal soft rays : 15 - 16.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabit rocky areas and coral reefs. Often in pairs or groups (Ref. 9710 ). Oviparous (Ref. 205 ). Form pairs during breeding (Ref. 205 ).

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Distinct pairing (Ref. 205 ). Monogamous mating is observed as both obligate and social (Ref. 52884 ).

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Allen, G.R. , 1985. Butterfly and angelfishes of the world. Vol. 2. 3rd edit. in English. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. (Ref. 4858 )

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314 )

  Least Concern (LC)  ; Date assessed: 08 October 2009

CITES (Ref. 115941 )

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361 )

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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