Chaetodon kleinii Bloch, 1790
Klein's butterflyfish

This is a rather uncommon species at Kwajalein and is most often found paired on pinnacle reefs, although they can also be found on lagoon or seaward reefs. We often see juveniles in Halimeda patches on sandy lagoon slopes, sometimes hanging (carefully) around a large Stichidactyla haddoni anemone. The anemones offer some protection, but the fish are capable of being stung as well.

A small juvenile.

Created 15 October 2010
Updated 12 March 2012

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