Spotbanded Butterflyfish (species: Chaetodon punctatofasciatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Chaetodon punctatofasciatus
Spotbanded Butterflyfish

©Anne Hoggett: Chaetodon punctatofasciatus at MacGillivray Reef near Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Chaetodontidae
Genus Chaetodon
Species Chaetodon punctatofasciatus

Distinguishing features

Vertical rows of spots on sides that become grey bands on upper sides. A black-edged orange bar through eye, black spot on nape, orange tail peduncle and transparent edge to tail. Reported to hybridise with the similar-looking Chaetodon pelewensis.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

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

  • DeBusk, B.C., M. Slattery, J.-S. Ki, J.-S. Lee, R. Aparachio-Fabre and D. Schlenk (2008). Species differences and effects of soft coral extracts from Sinularia maximus on the expression of cytochrome P4501A and 2N in butterflyfishes (Chaetodon sp(p).), Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, 34: 483-492. LIRS catalog number 1212.
  • 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.