Chaetodon larvatus, commonly known as the orangeface butterflyfish or the hooded butterflyfish, belong to the vibrant and colorful family of Chaetodontidae. The name of the species, larvatus, comes from the Latin “larva”, meaning mask, and the orangeface butterflyfish could certainly be a mascot for masking, with the orange band of color covering the snout just like a mask. They also likely wouldn’t be opposed to a bit of social distancing, as they tend to be territorial and stick with their mate in a pod of two.
The body of the orangeface butterflyfish is blue-grey with yellow lines pointing towards the snout – almost in a herringbone pattern – and the back of the dorsal fin and caudal fin are solid black, with edges of yellow in front and blue towards the back. Found in seaward and lagoon coral reefs in the Red Sea and Arabic Sea, the orangeface butterflyfish can grow up to 12cm in length. Normally they feed solely on the polyps of the tubular Acropora corals but have been seen nibbling at clams for a tasty treat.
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