IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: butterflyfish (English), mariposa (Espanol)
Chaetodon unimaculatus Bloch, 1787

Teardrop butterflyfish

Body a strongly compressed oval disc; mouth small, at end of a short, blunt snout; teeth long and slender; dorsal fin with XIII, 21-23; anal fin III, 18-20, 2nd  spine longer than 3rd; rear edges of dorsal and anal fins bluntly angular; tail edge straight to rounded; lateral line in a high arch, incomplete (ends under dorsal fin); scales rough, covering dorsal and anal fins as well as head and body; 38-47 lateral line scales.

Body white, with a broad black bar through eye and a thin black bar across tail base extending onto rear of dorsal and anal fins; a large black spot on back; yellow dorsal, anal and pelvic fins; tail fin clear.

Size: 20 cm.

Habitat: rocky and coral reefs.

Depth: 1-20 m.

An Indo-Pacific species; present as a vagrant in the Galapagos.


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