Melon butterflyfish

Photo: Vardhan Patankar

Chaetodon trifasciatus (Park, 1797)

Occurs in coral-rich lagoons and semi-protected seaward reefs. Territorial and aggressive to other Chaetodon. Small juveniles secretive in corals. Swims in pairs. Feeds exclusively on coral polyps, particularly of the Pocillopora type of corals. Oviparous. Monogamous. (Ref. Fishbase)

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