Chaetodon trifascialis   Quoy & Gaimard  1825 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 18.0 cm TL (male)

Color: Generally white with narrow chevron markings. Juveniles have a mostly yellow tail and a broad black band extending from the rear of the dorsal fin to the rear of the anal fin.

Body elongate. Tail pattern and posterior part of body changes dramatically with growth. Dorsal spines (total): 13-15; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-16; Anal spines: 3-5; Anal soft rays: 13-15.

Oviparous, dioecious, external fertilization, nonguarders, open water/substratum egg scatterers. Distinct pairing.

Synonym (s)
Chaetodon bifascialis Cuvier, 1829
(Junior synonym)
Chaetodon leachii Cuvier, 1831
(Junior synonym)
Chaetodon strigangulus Cuvier, 1831
(Junior synonym)
Chaetodon strigangulus Lay & Bennett, 1839
(Junior synonym)
Chaetodon tearlachi Curtiss, 1938
(Junior synonym)
Chaetodon triangularis Ruppell, 1829
(Junior synonym)
Chaetodon trifascialis Quoy & Gaimard, 1825
(Senior synonym)
Eteira taunayi Kaup, 1860
(Junior synonym)
Megaprotodon strigangulus (Cuvier, 1831)
(Junior synonym)
Megaprotodon trifascialis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Chevron Butterflyfish (English)
• Handupholimas (Mahl)
• Pakkikkadiya (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Bentho Pelagic, Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Hard corals


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti Atoll (Lat: 10.55) (Long: 72.63) INDIA (Record: 01/1991-06/1992)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti Atoll INDIA (Record: 01/1991-06/1992)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Anand, PEV and Pillai, NGK (2003) Habitat distribution and species diversity of coral reef fishes in the reefslope of the Kavaratti atoll, Lakshadweep, India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 45(1) 88-98 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Anand, PEV and Pillai, NGK (2004) Community organization of reef fishes in the live coral sub-habitat of Kavaratti atoll, Lakshadweep, India Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Journal of Fisheries for the Indian Council of Agricultural Research 51(1) 87-95 Available at -
  • Varghese, M; Manisseri, MK; Ramamurthy, N; Geetha, PM; Thomas, VJ and Gandhi, A (2011) Coral reef fishes of Gulf of Mannar, S.E of India Fishing Chimes CMFRI 31(1) 38-40 Available at - NIO, Goa

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