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Chaetodon auripes

Chaetodon auripesis commonly referred to as Oriental butterflyfish. Difficulty in the aquarium: Animale per esperti!! quasi impossibile da mantenere bene. A aquarium size of at least 1000 Liter is recommended. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.

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Chaetodon auripes 
Japanischer Halsband-Falterfisch 
Oriental Butterflyfish 
Pesci farfalla 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Chaetodontidae (Family) > Chaetodon (Genus) > auripes (Species) 
Initial determination:
Jordan & Snyder, 1901 
Sea depth:
1 - 30 Meter 
bis zu 20cm 
14°C - 25°C 
~ 1000 Liter 
Animale per esperti!! quasi impossibile da mantenere bene 
Not available as offspring 
Toxic hazard unknown 
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Not evaluated (NE) 
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Last edit:
2020-04-17 22:48:30 


Jordan & Snyder, 1901

Chaetodon auripes , also known as the Oriental butterflyfish, Gold butterflyfish; Inhabit the Rocky reefs from Japan to Taiwan in coastal areas, sometimes where the water temperature is as low as 10° C (50° F Chaetodon auripes is very seldom imported but it settles down well to aquarium life.

As juvenil fish they have a black ocellus on the sort dorsal fin, which disappears with age. The snout is silver to bluish-grey and there is a black eye band present. Behind this eye band there is a broad white bar that extends from the nape to the base of the opercle. This white bar has caused much confusion in the past between this species and C. collare. However, C. auripes has a yellow-gold body colour with narrow horizontal stripes. The caudal fin is yellow with a submarginal black bar and the soft portions of the dorsal and anal fins have black margins with white sub-marginally.

Chaetodon auripes is robust and accept very fast most foods that are offered once it feels happy with its new surroundings. In the wild, it feeds on benthic invertebrates such as polychaetes and coral polyps. In a aquarium environment though, it will accept krill, mysid shrimp, Artemia, frozen plankton and finely chopped shellfish.


Butterflyfish are not recommended for reefs as they will pick at or eat a wide variety of corals, fan worms, and other invertebrates. Most Butterflyfish are known to pick at Aiptaisia, a parasitic anemone.

Chaetodon aureus Temminck & Schlegel, 1842
Chaetodon dorsiocellatus Ahl, 1923
Chaetodon fallax Ahl, 1923

Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopteri (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Percoidei (Suborder) > Chaetodontidae (Family) > Chaetodon (Genus) > Chaetodon auripes (Species)

External links

  1. FishBase (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.



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