- Species presence
- Recorded In Australia
- Marine Habitats
Occurrence records map
Gunther's Butterflyfish is mostly white to pale yellow with small dark spots that form irregular lines. The rear part of the body, soft dorsal fin and anal fin are yellow. A black bar passes through the eye. source: Australian Museum Factsheets
- RLS profile v3
- Abundance: 2.765
- Behaviour: Generally occurs in pairs, which move slowly over the reef within small territories picking at small invertebrates.
- Common_Name: Gunthers butterflyfish;Gunther's butterflyfish
- Depth: 8–70 m
- Description: Pale butterflyfish with white head blending to orange at rear, blue trim along dorsal and anal fins, black vertical bar through eye, and rows of fine brown spots extending horizontally to obliquely along body. Distinguished from Chaetodon citrinellus in body coloured yellow at rear and lacking black margin to anal fin.
- Distribution: Merimbula, NSW, to Capricorn Group, Qld.
- Frequency: 3.249
- Habitat: Moderately exposed reef
- IUCN_Threat_status: Least Concern
- Invasive: Not known to be invasive
- Max_size: 220 mm
- Range: 384.486
- Threats: Overharvesting for aquarium trade
- similar_species: Gunther’s butterflyfish is probably the most abundant of the subtropical butterfly fishes that's larvae drift south. Gunther’s butterflyfish differs from other species that have approximately the same shape in having a black stripe through the eye, fine purple spots on sides, yellow colouration at the rear of the body, and black and blue trim to the fins
Names and sources
|Chaetodon vitulus Whitley, 1957|
|Published in: Whitley, G.P. 1957. Ichthyological Illustrations. Proc. R. Zool. Soc. N.S.W. Vol. 1955–56 pp. 56-71, figs 1-12|