Mertens' Butterflyfish (species: Chaetodon mertensii) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Chaetodon mertensii
Mertens' Butterflyfish

©Lyle Vail: Chaetodon mertensii at Dynamite Pass (Reef 14-140) near Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Chaetodon mertensii at Pidgin Point, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Chaetodon mertensii at Cod Hole, Ribbon Reef Number 10.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Chaetodontidae
Genus Chaetodon
Species Chaetodon mertensii



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island area: Rarely seen.

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1990). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Other references

  • McNamara, M.K.A., R.D. Adlard, R.A. Bray, P. Sasal and T.H. Cribb (2012). Monorchiids (Platyhelminthes: Digenea) of chaetodontid fishes (Perciformes): Biogeographical patterns in the tropical Indo-West Pacific. Parasitology International,, 61: 288-306. LIRS catalog number 1604.