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Copperband Butterflyfish

Chelmon Rostratus

Copperband Butterflyfish can be recognized by their four yellow-orange vertical bands that are edged in black. At the back of the dorsal fin there is a false eyespot that is used to confuse predators. They have an elongated snout that they use to find food in crevices and holes. Fully grown they can reach a length of 8 inches.

Range & Habitat

Copperband Butterflyfish can be found at depths of 3-82 feet along the rocky shorelines and sheltered reefs in the Indo-Pacific region.


Conservation Status: Least Concern

Their numbers appear to be stable, but this species is collected for the aquarium trade and there is no data on how it affects their population.


Benthic invertebrates, small crustaceans, tubeworms.

Life Span

In the Wild: 10 years
In Human Care: 10 years

Fun Facts about the Copperband Butterflyfish

  •  They are believed to be monogamous.
  •  This species is highly territorial.

    Larval and juvenile stages have similar markings but don’t have the long snout.

Updated June 7, 2021