Raccoon Butterflyfish

Chaetodon lunula
Chaetodon raton laveur

Interesting facts

This butterflyfish is found alone or in couples and generally lives in the coral reefs on the outer reef up to 200 feet deep. It is distinguishable with its yellow-brown body with two large black bands that cross its front and back. It has a black and white “mask” from where it gets its name “raccoon”. It is an omnivore and can eat gastropods, mollusk eggs, polychaetes, hydroids, and hard coral.


Photo Credit: John Hoover