Hemitaurichthys zoster also commonly referred as Brown-and-white butterflyfish or the Black pyramid butterflyfish is distributed of or around reefs of the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean.
The Black pyramid butterflyfish is easily recognized by its typical colour pattern: the head has a darker golden yellow color, when excited the color of the head can change to a very dark, almost black color. The whole body has a bright white pyramid shape.
Hemitaurichthys zoster living along the external reef, usually along vertical walls affected by moderately strong current, in large schools swimming in midwater. It is known as a plankton feeder.
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 zoster Bennett, 1831
Hemitaurichtys zoster (Bennett, 1831)
Tetragonoptrus zoster (Bennett, 1831)
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopteri (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Percoidei (Suborder) > Chaetodontidae (Family) > Hemitaurichthys (Genus) > Hemitaurichthys zoster (Species)