Pyramid Butterflyfish (species: Hemitaurichthys polylepis) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Hemitaurichthys polylepis
Pyramid Butterflyfish

©Lyle Vail: Hemitaurichthys polylepis at Day Reef near Lizard island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Chaetodontidae
Genus Hemitaurichthys
Species Hemitaurichthys polylepis



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 18 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Outer reefs near Lizard Island: Common, form large schools on dropoffs.
  • Lizard Island: Apparently absent

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.