Chaetodon vagabundus, Adult, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Chaetodon vagabundus, Juvenile, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Chaetodon vagabundus, Juvenile, NSW, Australia, Photo: Tom Davis
Pearly white body with two sets of opposing diagonal dark lines; black band through eye yellow tail and rear of dorsal and anal fins. Black band on tail and dorsal fin down to anal fin distinguish it from C. auriga (Threadfin Butterflyfish), which also has trailing dorsal filament. C. decussatus, an Indian Ocean species not known from Australia, has solid black rear dorsal fin. Juveniles have black ocellus on dorsal fin.
Max Size: 23 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 19.8-31.3°C
Habitat: Coral Reef
Habitat Generalisation Index: 15.4
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 (20% 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 (2 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