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Chaetodon oxycephalus Spot-nape butterflyfish


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lexID:
1522 
AphiaID:
218725 
Scientific:
Chaetodon oxycephalus 
German:
Falscher Riesenfalterfisch 
English:
Spot-nape Butterflyfish 
Category:
Butterflyfishes 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Chaetodontidae (Family) > Chaetodon (Genus) > oxycephalus (Species) 
Initial determination:
Bleeker, 1853 
Occurrence:
(the) Maldives, Australia, Fiji, Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Komodo (Komodo Island), Micronesia, Moluccas, New Guinea, Palau, Papua, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Raja Amat, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sumatra, Thailand, the Andaman Sea, The Bangai Archipelago, The Chagos Archipelago (the Chagos Islands), Western Pacific Ocean 
Size:
up to 9.84" (25 cm) 
Temperature:
75.2 °F - 78.8 °F (24°C - 26°C) 
Food:
Coral polyps = corallivorous, Food specialist, Zooplankton 
Tank:
219.98 gal (~ 1000L) 
Difficulty:
Experts only! Very hard to keep 
Offspring:
None 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
 
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Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2005-05-27 09:43:05 

Husbandry

Bleeker, 1853

Chaetodon oxycephalus also commonly referred as the Lined Butterflyfish, Pig-face butterflyfish or Spot-nape butterflyfish is often confuses with Chaetodon lineolatus, the main difference being the eye band shape: in Chaetodon lineolatus the band is expanded on nape, with a white spot in the middle. In Chaetodon oxycephalus the band is interrupted, and leaves a black spot on nape.

The Spot-nape butterflyfish is distributed in the Indo-Pacific region from Sri Lanka to Queensland, north to Indonesia and the Philippines. Found in coral-rich areas of coastal reefs as well as clear waters of seaward reefs at 10-40 m depth and is known to feed mainly on coral polyps and anemones.

Chaetodon oxycephalus is the largest butterflyfish and a poor-surviving species in captivity.

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: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopteri (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Percoidei (Suborder) > Chaetodontidae (Family) > Chaetodon (Genus) > Chaetodon oxycephalus (Species)

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