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Black Pyramid Butterflyfish - Facts and Photographs - Seaunseen

Black Pyramid Butterflyfish – Facts and Photographs

Black Pyramid Butterflyfish (Hemitaurichthys zoster) is also known as the Pyramid Butterflyfish, the Brown-and-White Butterflyfish, the Zoster Butterflyfish and the Brushtooth Butterflyfish

The The Black Pyramid Butterflyfish (Hemitaurichthys zoster) is also known as the Pyramid Butterflyfish, the Brown-and-White Butterflyfish, the Zoster Butterflyfish and the Brushtooth Butterflyfish.

APPEARANCE

Black Pyramid Butterflyfish have a white mid section with two brown-black oblique bands which form a pyramid shape on the white, giving them their common name. The dorsal fin has yellow on the mid section and the caudal and pectoral fins are white.  Juveniles and adults are very similar to each other and they are impossible to sex. They grow up to 18cm in length but are usually smaller in the wild.

Black Pyramid Butterflyfish (Hemitaurichthys zoster) is also known as the Pyramid Butterflyfish, the Brown-and-White Butterflyfish, the Zoster Butterflyfish and the Brushtooth Butterflyfish

BLACK PYRAMID BUTTERFLYFISH IN THE WILD

Black Pyramid Butterflyfish are tend not to be as social as the other Heniochus species, more often than not being seen solitary or in pairs although they are known to form large aggregations which could be prey or breeding related.  They are often seen swimming far above the substrate in open water particularly off deep walls. Usually they are found below 15 meters and seldom venture into the shallows. They prefer areas with strong currents and abundant coral.

Black Pyramid Butterflyfish (Hemitaurichthys zoster) is also known as the Pyramid Butterflyfish, the Brown-and-White Butterflyfish, the Zoster Butterflyfish and the Brushtooth Butterflyfish

HABITAT

Black Pyramid Butterflyfish  are found on the East coast of Africa from Somalia south to the northern South African coast and eastwards to Thailand and Myanmar down to Indonesia including the major island groups in this range .  They are found from 1 meter to 60 meters but on the East African coast are more common from 15 meters downwards.

DIET

Black Pyramid Butterflyfish feed on plankton and supplement their diet by picking on corals.

REPRODUCTION

Black Pyramid Butterflyfish are thought to spawn seasonally in pairs and the eggs larvae and fry are thought to drift with the current before swimming to the bottom. The larval stage is extremely complex making it difficult to breed them in captivity.

Black Pyramid Butterflyfish (Hemitaurichthys zoster) is also known as the Pyramid Butterflyfish, the Brown-and-White Butterflyfish, the Zoster Butterflyfish and the Brushtooth Butterflyfish

AQUARIUMS

Because of their comparatively dull colouration, Black Pyramid Butterflyfish are not that common in the trade. Being planktivore’s they are easy to feed, are fairly tough  and are not aggressive fish.  If they are well fed they will be comparatively reef safe.

BLACK PYRAMID BUTTERFLYFISH CLASSIFICATION

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Chaetodontidae
Genus: Hemitaurichthys
Species:H. zoster

 

LITERATURE CITED

https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/165719/6101058

 

Allen, G.R., Steene, R. & M. Allen. 1998. A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes. Odyssey Publishing/Tropical Reef Research. Pp. 250. –

EQUIPMENT USED

Canon 7D

Ikelite 7D Housing

Twin Ikelite DS 161 Strobes

Flat Ikelite Lens Port

Ikelite Dual Synch Cord 

Ikelite 5.1 inch Port body

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