Brown Butterflyfish, Brown Butterflyfish, Sunburst Butterflyfish
Chaetodon kleinii, Adult, Naigani Is, Fiji, Photo: Andrew Green
Chaetodon kleinii, Adult, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific
Blue-black band through eye, brown/dusky forebody with two broad pale bands, and narrow white band across tail base.
Max Size: 15 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 19.9-31.4°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef, Soft sediment
Habitat Generalisation Index: 20
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
Threats: Exploitation, Habitat degradation
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Common (22% 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 (3 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland