Chaetodon jayakari [Status Unaccepted]   Norman,  1939 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Length: 8-10 cm

The body is compressed and disc-shaped with a slightly protruding snout giving the fish a typical butterfly shape. The well developed fins include a dorsal with 11 spines and 20-22 rays with the fourth dorsal spine being elongated, an anal with 3 spines plus 16-18 rays, pectorals with 13-14 rays, and a truncate to slightly rounded caudal. The scales along the lateral line are arranged in 37-45 series. A narrow dark, vertical band passes through each eye and two broader white bands occur on the body. The anterior broader band commences from the dorsal fin origin crossing the opercle and further broadens below while the other broad band starts from about the 7th or 8th dorsal spine and runs down to the anal spines. A dark rounded spot occurs on the posterior portion of the soft dorsal fin.

Similar species: Chaetodon modestus

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Indian Golden Barred Butterflyfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Amphipods, small crabs


• South Coast INDIA (Depth: 70-280 mts)
• Gulf of Oman (Depth: 70-280 mts)
• Gulf of Aden (Depth: 70-280 mts)
• Kerala, Off Kollam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Al-Abdessalaam, TZS (1995) Marine species of the Sultanate of Oman p 412 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Murty, VS (1969) Catalogue of fishes (excluding from the Laccadives) in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 10 1-38 Available at -

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