Chaetodon trifasciatus also commonly referred as the Melon butterflyfish is a flat, rounded fish with a pointed face. The back is covered in a row of triangular spines and the body covered in horizontal yellow and blue or black stripes. The head is yellow with three vertical black bands. It occur in the Indian and Pacific oceans, from East Africa to the Hawaiian and Tuamoto islands.
Chaetodon trifasciatus are commonly found on coral reefs. Juveniles hide in the coral, while adults aggressively defend territories from invading fish. Is is a corallivore species and prefer the polyps of Pocillopora corals.
As with all of the obligate corallivore Butterflyfishes, it should be left on the reef unless an expert aquarist can somehow meet its dietary needs.
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 bellus Solander, 1839
Chaetodon layardi Blyth, 1852
Chaetodon ovalis Thiollière, 1857
Chaetodon pepek Montrouzier, 1857
Chaetodon taunigrum Cuvier, 1831
Chaetodon trifasciatus caudifasciatus Ahl, 1923
Chaetodon trifasciatus trifasciatus Park, 1797
Chaetodon vittatus Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Choetodon trifasciatus (Park, 1797)
Tetragonoptrus trifasciatus (Park, 1797)
Tetragonoptrus vittatus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopteri (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Percoidei (Suborder) > Chaetodontidae (Family) > Chaetodon (Genus) > Chaetodon trifasciatus (Species)