Chaetodon punctatofasciatus

Spotbanded Butterflyfish | Sevenband Butterflyfish
Chaetodon punctatofasciatus
Chaetodon punctatofasciatus, North WA, Australia, Photo: Andrew Green
Chaetodon punctatofasciatus
Chaetodon punctatofasciatus, Paired with C. pelewensis (right). Coral Sea, Australia, Photo: Andrew Green
Chaetodon punctatofasciatus
Chaetodon punctatofasciatus, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Andrew Green
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Chaetodon punctatofasciatus
Chaetodon punctatofasciatus
Chaetodon punctatofasciatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Vertical markings distinguish it from C. pelewensis, a Pacific Ocean species with which it occasionally pairs with (and probably hybridises with). The yellow tail base and yellow stripe through eye distinguish it from C. guttatisimus, an Indian Ocean species.


Max Size: 12 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 21.4-31.2°C

Depth: 1-45m

Habitat Generalization Index: 6.85

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: Frequent (10.8% 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