Raccoon Butterflyfish is a type of marine fish that belongs to the family Chaetodontidae.
It has many other names, such as Crescent-Masked Butterflyfish, Lunule Butterflyfish, Halfmoon Butterflyfish, Moon Butterflyfish, Raccoon Butterfly, Raccoon, Raccoon Coralfish, and Redstriped Butterflyfish.
You can find this fish in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. This fish is active at night and usually hangs out in pairs or small groups.
Raccoon butterflyfish is a benthopelagic species, meaning it swims close to the bottom of the ocean.
Its diet consists mainly of sea slugs (nudibranchs), tubeworm tentacles, other bottom-dwelling creatures, algae, and coral polyps. This fish is not reef-safe.
Raccoon Butterflyfish Interesting Facts
- Raccoon butterflyfish are nocturnal and swim in pairs or small groups near the ocean floor.
- Their diet includes sea slugs, tubeworm tentacles, algae, and coral polyps.
- They grow up to 7.9 inches (20.0 centimeters) long and live for about 9 years.
- These fish mate for life and maintain monogamous relationships.
Raccoon Butterflyfish Habitat
Raccoon Butterflyfish is a tropical fish found in the Indo-Pacific region. It ranges from East Africa to Hawaii, Japan, and South Africa.
This fish lives in shallow reef flats, both in lagoons and seaward reefs. Young raccoon butterflyfish are found among rocks on inner reef flats and tide pools.
The habitat of this fish is marine reefs, and it’s found at depths of 0 to 170 meters (about 0 to 558 feet).
It also lives in areas with latitudes between 30°N to 32°S.
Raccoon Butterflyfish Physical Characteristics
Size: 7.9 inches (20.0 centimeters)
Raccoon butterflyfish grows up to 7.9 inches (20.0 centimeters) long and live for about 9 years. This fish has 10 to 14 spines on its back, along with 20 to 25 soft rays.
It also has 3 anal spines and 17 to 20 anal soft rays. The body of this fish is orange-yellow in color, with a darker top side and brown diagonal stripes on the bottom side.
It has a black stripe across its eyes.
The length of its snout is around 2.9 to 3.4 times smaller than the size of its head, while the depth of its body is about 1.4 to 1.7 times smaller than the length from head to tail.
Raccoon Butterflyfish Reproduction
Raccoon butterflyfish forms unique pairs. This fish lays eggs to reproduce.
It mates for life and is both required and social in its monogamous relationships.
Raccoon Butterflyfish Scientific Classification
|Scientific Name:||Chaetodon lunula|
|Also Known As:||Raccoon Butterflyfish, Crescent-Masked Butterflyfish, Lunule Butterflyfish, Halfmoon Butterflyfish, Moon Butterflyfish, Raccoon Butterfly, Raccoon, Raccoon Coralfish, Redstriped Butterflyfish|
|Conservation Status:||Least Concern|