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Chaetodon kleinii Bloch, 1790
Klein's Butterflyfish; Brown Butterflyfish; White-spotted Butterfly-fish; White-spotted Butterflyfish; Anisochaetodon kleini Bloch, 1790; Sunburst Butterflyfish

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Chaetodon kleinii
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Chaetodon kleinii

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Main identification features
  • bars: through eye, behind operculum
  • front white, rear yellow
Body a strongly compressed oval disc; snout short, ~eye diameter; mouth small, at end pointed snout; teeth long and slender; lateral line ends under dorsal fin; dorsal XIII-XIV, 22-23; A III, 21-22; pectoral 13-15; scales rough, covering head body and dorsal and anal fins; 33-41 lateral line scales.

Front half white, back half of body and fins yellow-tan; a dark bar from forehead through eye to chest, blue above eye, black below; a broad tan bar behind pectoral.

Size: 15 cm.

Habitat: rocky and coral reefs.

Depth: 3-60 m.

Indo-Pacific; a vagrant in the Galapagos.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 60 m.
Depth Range Min: 3 m.
Diet: zooplankton; benthic microalgae; soft corals/hydroids; pelagic fish larvae; pelagic fish eggs.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=2; Southern limit=-2; Western limit=-93; Eastern limit=-90; Latitudinal range=4; Longitudinal range=3.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Omnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Reef Associated.
Global Endemism: All Pacific (West + Central + East); Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans); TEP non-endemic; "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific); All species.
Habitat: Corals; Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom); Rocks; Reef (rock &/or coral); Reef only.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 15 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s) only; Island (s); Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic; Eastern Pacific non-endemic; All species.
Residency: Vagrant.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Near Bottom; Bottom + water column;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • Bloch, M. E., 1790., Naturgeschichte der ausländischen Fische. Berlin., Naturg. Ausl. Fische, 4:1-128.
  • Humann, P., 1993., Reef Fish Identification: Galapagos., New World Publishing:192pp.
  • McCosker, J.E., 1987., The fishes of the Galapagos Islands., Oceanus, 30:28-32.
  • Smith , M. M. and Heemstra, P., 1986., Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg: Macmillan South Africa. 1047 pp., Macmillan South Africa:1047pp.


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