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Microcanthus strigatus Stripey, Butterflyfish,


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lexID:
1435 
AphiaID:
281558 
Scientific:
Microcanthus strigatus 
German:
Nördlicher Streifenfalterfisch, Nagasakifisch 
English:
Stripey, Butterflyfish,
Category:
Butterflyfishes 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Kyphosidae (Family) > Microcanthus (Genus) > strigatus (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Cuvier, ), 1831 
Occurrence:
Hong Kong, Australia, China, Corea, Hawaii, Japan, Lord Howe Island, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Ogasawara Islands, Queensland, Taiwan, Vietnam 
Sea depth:
1 - 180 Meter 
Size:
up to 7.87" (20 cm) 
Temperature:
64.4 °F - 69.8 °F (18°C - 21°C) 
Food:
Brine Shrimps, Clam meat, Crustaceans, Flakes, Frozen Food (large sort), Mysis, Schrimps, Snails, Zooplankton 
Tank:
219.98 gal (~ 1000L) 
Difficulty:
Experts only! Very hard to keep 
Offspring:
Not available as offspring 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Not evaluated (NE) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
 
Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2017-11-27 16:39:31 

Husbandry

Microcanthus strigatus also commonly referred as the Stripey can be recognised by its deep, compressed body, and distinct pattern of slanting black and yellow to white stripes. Stripy is often confused with its relative the Mado Atypichthys strigatus but they are slimmer looking fish with brown stripes on a white background.

Stripey is distributed in Japan, China and Hawaiian waters, sporadically distributed in western and eastern Australian waters. It lives on rocky and coral reefs in protected coastal and estuarine waters. It is seen in small to large schools. Juveniles often occurring in rock pools.

Remarks:

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.


Classification

Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Microcanthidae
Genus: Microcanthus
Species: Microcanthus strigatus

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Husbandry know-how of owners

abronia am 15.04.09#1
Be careful when catching Stripeys with a net for they act pretty hysterical and lose scales by the dozen.
The animals I care for accepted live mysid shrimps the day after arrival and it took them 2 or 3 more days to eat everything floating by: chopped (and thawed of course) frozen food of most kinds with clear preference for crustaceans and mussel, even accepting dry food.
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