Chaetodon mitratus (Günther, 1860)
Chaetodon mitratus (Günther, 1860)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Chaetodon mitratus

English Name: Indian butterflyfish

Creole Name: Papiyon

French Name: Papillon à mitre

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 8; Dorsal rays: 18-20; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 14-15.

Body subrhomboidal. Dorsal profile of head concave. Terminal mouth. 6-7 rows of long setiform teeth on both jaws and large, dense vomerine patch. Edge of peropercle finely serrated.

Colour. Base colour yellow. A black band, edged in white, runs through the eye and over the head. Two broad oblique, white-edged, black bands on the body. Soft dorsal fin 
orange with white edge and black submarginal line. Caudal peduncle yellow. Caudal fin rays and pectoral fins transparent. 


Maturity: Unknown. Max length : 14.0 cm SL. 

Habitat and Ecology:

One of the few Butterflyfish species to frequent deeper waters. Inhabits steep outer reef slopes and drop-offs (depth 22-80 m, usually 50-70 m) with coral and/or rubble areas. 
Feeds on benthic invertebrates and zooplankton. Usually occurs in pairs or small groups. Oviparous. Form pairs during breeding.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is not subject to the artisanal fishery. 


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., Brighton, E. & Mason-Parker, C. (2022). Chaetodon mitratus, Indian butterflyfish. Seychelles Seatizens.

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