Chaetodon ephippium   Cuvier,  1831 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Max length : 30.0 cm TL

Color: Overall color is yellowish grey with a large black spot bordered below by a broad white band on the back, and wavy blue lines on the lower sides, a short narrow black bar through eye, edge of caudal peduncle with a narrow brown band.

Body compressed, oval. Depth 1.65, head 3.3 in standard length. Eye 4.8 in head. Rostro-dorsal profile strongly concave before eye; snout conical and pointed, much longer than eye. Cleft of mouth oblique. Preoperculum finely denticulated at its angle. Lateral line strongly arched. Dorsal and anal rounded posteriorly. Fourth and fifth ray of dorsal fin extending posteriorly into a filament.

Dorsal spines (total): 12 - 14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 21 - 25; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 20 - 23.


Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Chaetodon garnoti Lesson, 1831
Chaetodon mulsanti Thiolliere, 1857
Chaetodon principalis Cuvier, 1829

Common Name (s)
• Saddled Butterflyfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries; Aquarium)

Habitat:  Bentho Pelagic, Reef Associated


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 15) (Long: 90) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Reef Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Rao, DV and Devi, K (2004) A pictorial guide to butterfly and anemone fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands 76 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Allen, GR and Mohammed, A (2003) Coral Reef Fishes of Indonesia Zoological Studies 42(1) 26299 Available at - Digital Information Resource Center, Pune.
  • Rodney, J (1985) Population fluctuations in some ornamental fishes and invertebrates off Sri Lanka Proceedings of the symposium on endangered marine animals and marine parks Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 1 355-366 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
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