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Ornate Butterfly FishOrnate Butterflyfish
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Subphylum: Vertebrata Class: Osteichthys Family: Chaetodontidae Genus: Chaetodon Species: ornatissimus
Scientific name: Chaetodon ornatissimus
Common name: Ornate Butterflyfish
Hawaiianname: Kikakapu

Ornate butterfly fish occur widely throughout the Central Indian Ocean and through the Pacific Ocean from the Maldives and Sri Lanka to Japan, Hawaii and the Marquesas Islands. They live in clear, coral-rich areas of lagoons and on seaward reefs.

Juvenile Ornate butterfly fish are found among coral branches usually on their own while the adults may be found in pairs roaming their home range. They will frequently be found in close proximity of other ornate butterfly fishes. Occasionally Ornate butterflyfish get together and then they can behave erratically. Ornate butterfly fish feed exclusively on coral polyps.

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