Chaetodon meyeri   Bloch & Schneider,  1801 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: Max length 20.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)

Color: Pearly white, upper sides of head pale grayish, a dark spot between ventral fins and black stripes on head and body, one around the mouth, one from snout to lower edge of interopercle, one from nape through eye to cheek, one from second dorsal spine towards eye, one from below 4th and 5th dorsal spines continues as an intramarginal black band on dorsal across preopercle border and along base of ventral and passing posteriorly to base of anal, a stripe from pectoral base through upper edge of operculum to posterior dorsal spines, curving and descending to base of pectoral and side of body to caudal peduncle, a curved stripe from anterior half of soft dorsal towards pectoral and another originating from anterior dorsal rays curving backward to last dorsal rays and forward to base of pectoral. Soft anal with two black bands separated narrowly by white. Two black bands across caudal fin. Pectoral and ventral yellowish white.

Head 3.0-3.2 in standard length, 3.65-3.80 in total length. Depth of body 1.4-1.5 in standard length, 1.7-1.8 in total length. Eye diameter 3.7-3.8 in head, 1.3-1.4 in snout and about 1.2-1.3 in convex interorbital space. Lateral line convexly rounded till below last dorsal fin spine and then obliquely downwards and ending below posterior third of soft dorsal fin. Spinous dorsal fin gradually increasing in length, 6th or 7th spine longest, posterior spines lightly shorter. Second and third anal fin spines equal in length. Pectoral fin slightly shorter than head, ventral fin shorter than pectoral.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XII, 24; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 20; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 17; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the midside of body from the upper corner of operculum to the midbase of caudal fin in the absence of lateral line: 52; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 9+26.

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

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Chaetodon meyeri Bloch & Schneider, 1801
(Senior synonym)
Holacanthus flavoniger Lacepede, 1802
(Junior synonym)
Chaetodon meyeri Bloch and Schneider, 1801
Chaetodon (Citharoedus) meyeri Weber and de Beaufort, 1936

Common Name (s)
• Meyers Butterflyfish (English)
• Scrawled Butterflyfish (English)
• Pakkikkadiya (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats
(Fisheries, aquarium; ornamental fish)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Coral polyps


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Lakshadweep Islands INDIA (Record: 11/1993-01/1997)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 09/02/1987-25/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 09/02/1987-25/02/1987)

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