Pearlscale Butterflyfish (Chaetodon xanthurus)
Family: Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfishes)
Natural Range: West Pacific: Indonesia
Depth: 49 to 164 ft. Size: 5.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Hard corals, soft corals, polychaete tentacles, algae (presumed)
Natural History: Pearlscale Butterflyfish are found individually or in pairs on outer reef slopes and dropoffs. It is associated with staghorn coral.
Husbandry: The Pearlscale Butterflyfish is often shy and may refuse to feed with aggressive tankmates. It is primarily a carnivore, feeding on coral polyps and small invertebrates. It will also graze on algae. Dim lighting may help acclimate timid individuals.
AKA: Yellowtail Butterflyfish, Crowned Pearlscaled Butterflyfish
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