Butterflyfish are the quintessential reef inhabitant. Take a look at any coral reef picture, video, documentary, poster, you name it. There’s a high chance a colourful butterfly is flitting around there somewhere.
The Punctato Butterfly is commonly referred as Dot Dash Butterflyfish, Spotband Butterflyfish, or Spot-band Butterflyfish. As it matures, it becomes more yellow dorsally with about seven vertical dark stripes on the upper half of the body, with rows of dark spots below. The Punctato Butterfly should be kept in a tank not less than 30 gallons, and requires a lot of hiding places, and calm tank mates. It should not be housed with inverts since it tends to eat most invertebrates. The diet should consist of finely chopped seafood meats and algae-based meals. Since it is easy to care for, the Punctato Butterfly becomes a good choice for a beginner aquarist. It thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit, and pH of 8.1-8.4. It may eat some invertebrates, and that is why it is considered reef safe but with caution. Although its natural diet consists mainly of coral polyps and algae, the Punctato Butterfly will accept a wide variety of foods in the aquarium. It has an average life span of 5 years and if fed properly, it makes a valuable addition to any tank. The Punctato Butterfly needs sand or coral substrate in the tank to survive naturally. This fish is not aggressive and is shy when initially when introduced to the aquarium. It is best to select tank mates that are not overly territorial or aggressive. The Punctato Butterfly will generally get along well with other butterflyfish, as well as other members of its own kind. Some of the moderately aggressive species may bully this butterflyfish, therefore, we suggest you not to house the Punctato Butterfly with damselfish and anemonefish, angelfish, surgeonfish, and triggerfish.
We end with another photo which is available as wallpaper, this time a Pacific double-saddle butterflyfish, named after the two dark markings on its side.
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As of 1994 there were five species of butterflyfish listed as vulnerable to extinction, all in the genus . Their vulnerability is based on the limited spaces in which they are found, making them extremely susceptible to human activities in those areas.