Chaetodon humeralis

Threeband butterflyfish
Chaetodon humeralis
Chaetodon humeralis, Machalilla, Ecuador, Photo: Graham Edgar
Chaetodon humeralis
Chaetodon humeralis, Coiba Island, Panama, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Chaetodon humeralis
Chaetodon humeralis


Tropical Eastern Pacific


Cream or white body with a black bar through eye, another behind head over pectoral fin base, and a third at rear of body. Black bands on tail, and black rear margins on anal, dorsal and tail fins. Usually found in pairs or small groups, mainly over rocky reefs.


Max Size: 25 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 21.7-31.5°C

Depth: 3-50m

Habitat Generalization Index: 20.23

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Common (38.0% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (4 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields