Chaetodon interruptus (Ahl, 1923)
Chaetodon interruptus (Ahl, 1923)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Chaetodon interruptus

English Name: Indian Ocean teardrop butterflyfish

Creole Name: Papiyon

French Name: Papillon à larmes de l'Océan Indien

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 12-13; Dorsal rays: 21-23; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 18-20.

Medium-sized Butterflyfish. Snout short and blunt. Predorsal profile nearly straight. Caudal fin truncate to slightly rounded.
Body bright yellow with large black spot on back. Narrow black bar through the eye. Black submarginal band through posterior dorsal and anal fins and caudal peduncle.  
Caudal fin translucent. 


Maturity: Unknown. Max length : 20.0 cm TL. 

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits lagoon and seaward reefs with with abyndant soft or hardcorals (depth 2-45 m). Occurs alone or in small groups. Feeds on hard and soft coral fragments, sponges, 
polychaetes, and filamentous algae. Oviparous. Form pairs during breeding.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It may on occasion be caught in trap or net fisheries but would typically be released. 


Photo. courtesy and (c) 2021 GVI/SPGA.
Photo courtesy Eleanor Brighton and Chris Mason-Parker (c) 2022 Blue Safari Seychelles/Marine Conservation Society, Seychelles. Photograph taken at Alphonse group 2022.


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Nevill, J.E.G. (2022). Chaetodon interruptus, Indian Ocean teardrop butterflyfish. Seychelles Seatizens. (edited 18/07/22)

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