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Chaetodon xanthocephalus Bennett 1832, the Yellow-Head Butterflyfish. Closely related to the Saddleback, C. ephippium, and can be just as hardy if collected/held/shipped carefully... from further away in the Indian Ocean (India's tip to Africa's east coast) and started smallish (3-5 inches max., to eight overall). Mauritius 2016

Chaetodon trifasciatus  Park 1797, the Melon or Indian Ocean Redfin Butterflyfish. Like the same named Redfin Butterflyfish from the Pacific this is primarily a coral polyp feeder. Note the I.O. species much bluer dorsal coloration To about six inches long in the wild.  Mauritius 2016
 


Chaetodon interruptus Ahl 1923, the Yellow Teardrop Butterflyfish. Put one way, the "replacement" for C. unimaculatus in the Indian Ocean. Similarly feeds on coral polyps, sponges and algae. Retains this striking color and black spot as an adult. This small one in Mauritius in 2016.
 


Chaetodon meyeri Bloch & Schneider 1801, Meyer's Butterflyfish. Widespread in the Indian Ocean to western Pacific Oceans, this species is another loser that is too-frequently sold as a "miscellaneous" butterfly. Only eats coral polyps...  Mauritius 2016
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