Semilarvatus Butterfly (Chaetodon semilarvatus)
Family: Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfishes)
Natural Range: Red Sea
Depth: 10 to 66 ft. Size: 9 in. Jumps: No Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Algae, invertebrates, molluscs, worms
Natural History: The Semilarvatus Butterflyfish is found on back and fore reef slopes with high densities of corals. It will hang beneath Acropora shelves by day in pairs or groups of up to 20 individuals.
Husbandry: Young Semilarvatus Butterflyfishes may be easier to acclimate to captivity than older specimens. First foods may need to be live brine shrimp. Usually frozen foods are acceptable after acclimation. This species is considered a prized fish for the home aquarium. It can be kept in pairs or small groups.
AKA: Golden Butteflyfish
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