Chaetodon bennetti – Bluelashed Butterflyfish

Chaetodon bennetti can reach a length of about 18 centimeters. It is a very sensitive butterflyfish, suitable only for experts.

Chaetodon bennetti – Bluelashed Butterflyfish

Chaetodon bennetti was described in 1831 by Cuvier. The genus name is made up of two ancient Greek words. Chaeto means ‘brush’ and odon means ‘tooth’. This is a reference to the teeth that resemble a brush. The species name bennetti is in honor of the zoologist Edward Turner Bennett (1797-1836), Zoological Society of London, who showed the type specimen to Cuvier. Their common name is Bluelashed Butterflyfish.

Description

Chaetodon bennetti can reach a maximum length of about 18 centimeters. The color is predominantly yellow. A vertical dark brown/black stripe runs across the eye, which is trimmed with a white border. On the flank are two light blue iridescent stripes which gave them their common name. At the back of their flank they have a large black spot surrounded by a similar blue iridescent border.

The aquarium

Although this fish looks very nice, it is not suitable for the aquarium. They have a hard time getting used to life in the aquarium and less than 20% of these animals survive the first 3 months. Provide stable and appropriate water values, Chaetodon bennetti is very sensitive to fluctuations.

Author

John de Lange

Copyright images

Klaus Stiefel

References

Fishbase
Koraalvissen en lagere dieren – pagina 159 – Hans J. Mayland

Additional information

Family

Genus

Species

bennetti

Common names

Bluelashed Butterflyfish

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