Chaetodon tinkeri also commonly referred as Tinker's Butterfly is one of the rare deep water fish, formerly known to be endemic to the Hawaiian Islands but also associated with tropical marine waters around the Marquesan, Marshall, Johnston and Cook Islands. It is found at depths well below 30 m, particularly in areas where black coral (Antipathes) is abundant.
Tinker's Butterfly is a very startling contrast to most other reef butterflyfishes, Chaetodon tinkeri exhibits a strongly contrasting black and white pattern that may confuse predators at the depths it usually inhabits
Chaetodon tinkeri is a Butterfly that remains fairly small, only averaging a length of about 15 cm. Feed on a variety of planktonic and benthic organisms.
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.
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopteri (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Percoidei (Suborder) > Chaetodontidae (Family) > Chaetodon (Genus) > Chaetodon tinkeri (Species)