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lined butterflyfishLined butterflyfish
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Subphylum: Vertebrata Class: Actinopterygii Order: Perciformes Family: Chaetodontidae Genus: Chaetodon Secies: lineolatus 
Scientific name: Chaetodon lineolatus
Common name: Lined butterflyfish
Hawaiian name: Kikakapu

Lined butterflyfish are the largest species of butterfly fish in Hawaii. This species is found from the Red Sea, throughout the Indian Ocean and into the Pacific through Micronesia to Hawaii.

Like many species of butterflyfish they are typically found in pairs and are active members of the day shift. They feed on bottom living creatures such as coral polyps and anemones as well as small invertebrate animals and some algae. Lined butterflyfish may form breeding pair bonds and the couple broadcast sperm and eggs into the water that drift away on the currents to develop in the plankton and settle elsewhere.

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