Chaetodon auriga, Adult, Aceh, Indonesia. Photo: Ian Shaw
Chaetodon auriga, Juvenile, Narooma, NSW. Photo: Andrew Green
Chaetodon auriga, Adult, NSW, Australia. Photo: Ian Shaw
White with yellow rear, extended rays on rear of dorsal fin creating a filament, and often black spot on rear dorsal fin. Differs from C. vagabundus (Vagabond Butterflyfish) in having dorsal filament, and lacking a black bar extending across tail base onto anal fin base.
Max Size: 23 cm
Habitat: Coral Reef
Threats: Exploitation, Habitat degradation
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Common (29% 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