Chaetodon madagaskariensis, also known as the Madagascar Butterfly Fish, Pearly butterflyfish or Seychelles Butterfly fish is known from the Indian Ocean, East Africa south to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, also Madagascar and the Seychelles Islands.
The Body is pearly white or greyish with 5-7 ragged black chevrons. It has an orange bar from the soft dorsal fin to rear and end of anal fin. It’s black eye band not joined to that of opposite side.
Chaetodon madagaskariensis is known to be territorial toward conspecifics and Butterfly Fishes. Integration with Butterfly Fishes of dissimilar appearance possible in large aquaria, but this practice should be left to advanced aquarists. Chaetodon madagaskariensis is peaceful toward a wide range of other fish species from other Families.
The Madagascar Butterfly Fish is a feeder upon coral polyps in the wild. It can be migrated to more practical aquarium foods such as Mysis Shrimp, Cyclop-eeze and live Brine Shrimp. A Sponge based marine fish foods such as those used for Angelfishes may also be beneficial.
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 chrysurus Desjardins, 1834
Chaetodon chrysurus madagaskariensis Ahl, 1923
Chaetodon madagascariensis 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 madagaskariensis (Species)