Chaetodon nippon is also commonly referred as the Japanese butterflyfish and is distributed from the waters of the northern Philippines to southern Japan. He is to be found in shallow rocky reefs at depths of 5 to 20 m.
The Japanese butterflyfish is known to feeds on crabs, worms, and other invertebrates; forms small to large aggregations.His maximum total length is about 15 cm. This beautiful Butterflyfish is almost never exported through the aquarium trade.
Butterflyfish are not recommended for reefs as they will pick at or eat a wide variety of corals, fan worms, and other invertebrates. Most Butterflyfish are known to pick at Aiptaisia, a parasitic anemone.
Chaetodon carens Seale, 1910
Chaetodon decipiens Ahl, 1923
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopteri (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Percoidei (Suborder) > Chaetodontidae (Family) > Chaetodon (Genus) > Chaetodon nippon (Species)