Chaetodon madagaskariensis (Ahl, 1923).
Chaetodon madagaskariensis (Ahl, 1923).
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Chaetodon madagaskariensis

English Name: Seychelles butterflyfish

Creole Name: Papiyon

French Name: Papillon de Madagascar

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 12-13; Dorsal rays: 18-20; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 15-17.

Small Butterflyfish. Anal fin distinctly angular in full grown adults. 

Colour. Base colour white. 5-7 dark chevron lines on the sides of the body, partly broken into spots. Broad orange bar covering soft dorsal, extending across body, and 
caudal peduncle, to posterior anal fin. Black eyeband not joined above or below to that of opposite side. Horseshoe-shaped black mark on nape. Caudal fin base is white, 
followed by orange bar and white margin. 


Maturity: Unknown. Max length: 13.0 cm TL. 

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits outer reef habitats in areas of rich coral growth on seaward reefs (depth 8-60 m). Feeds on algae and benthic invertebrates.Adults usually occurs in pairs. 
Oviparous. Form pairs during breeding.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is too small to be subject to the methods of the artisanal fishery. 


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 madagaskariensis, Seychelles butterflyfish. Seychelles Seatizens. (edited 18/07/22)

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