Pearly butterflyfish have very distinct colouration - silver-white bodies, yellow hindquarters and black chevron stripes pointing towards their heads.
They inhabit sea-facing reefs off the east coast of Southern Africa, where they hunt small invertebrates and scavenge scraps of seaweed.
The IUCN status is Least Concern.
- This carnivore feeds on coral polyps, phytoplankton, polychaete worms and cnidaria species
- Interestingly, the scientific name for this beauty is Chaetodon madagaskariensis, with a “k” and not a “c”. The strange spelling comes from the fact that the species was first described in a German publication.
- Also known as Seychelle’s butterflyfish, Madagascar butterflyfish, chevron butterflyfish or pearscale butterflyfish.
- Widespread in the Indian Ocean – East Africa to Sri Lanka.
- Grows up to 15cm across