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Chaetodon striatus (School mistress; Portugese butterfly; Butterflyfish; Butterbun; Banded mariposa; Banded butterflyfish)

Synonyms: Anisochaetodon trivirgatus; Chaetodon consuelae; Chaetodon striatus albipinnis; Chaetodon striatus dorsimacula
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Wikipedia Abstract

The banded butterflyfish (Chaetodon striatus) is a butterflyfish found in the tropical western Atlantic Ocean from Brazil to Bermuda. Common names include the banded butterflyfish, the butterbun, the butterflyfish, the Portuguese butterfly, the school mistress and the banded mariposa. The name is derived from the dark vertical bands on the fish's body. This, combined with a vertical, black bar through the eye, is an antipredator adaptation, the bands disrupting the body's outlines.
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Protected Areas

Prey / Diet


Carcharhinus perezii (Caribbean reef shark)[1]
Cephalopholis cruentata (Grouper)[1]
Rhizoprionodon porosus (Snook shark)[1]


Parasitized by 
Multitestoides chaetodoni[4]
Neobenedenia melleni[4]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo
Budapest Zool.& Botanical Garden
Florida Aquarium
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Rotterdam Zoo


Western Atlantic: Massachusetts, USA to Santa Catarina, Brazil (Ref. 57756), including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Eastern Central Atlantic: St. Paul's Rocks (Ref. 13121).;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Impact of coral predators on tropical reefs, Randi D. Rotjan, Sara M. Lewis, Mar Ecol Prog Ser 367: 73–91, 2008
3Food Habits of Reef Fishes of the West Indies, John E. Randall, Stud. Trop. Oceanogr. 5, 665–847 (1967)
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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