Hawaiian butterflyfish

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Hawaiian butterflyfish
Tinker's Butterflyfish.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Chaetodontidae
Genus: Chaetodon
Species: C. tinkeri
Binomial name
Chaetodon tinkeri

The Hawaiian butterflyfish, Chaetodon tinkeri, is a member of the family Chaetodontidae of order Perciformes. It is also known as Tinker's butterflyfish, after Spencer W. Tinker who discovered it in 1949, trapping them in fish traps at 90 feet (27 m) off Oahu, Hawaii.[1]


It grows to a maximum length of 15 cm (5.9 in). It swims alone or in pairs and occasionally in small aggregations. Its coloring is divided on the diagonal between black and white. It has gold dorsal and tail fins, and a gold vertical bar across its eyes.[1]

Range and habitat[edit]

This fish inhabits Hawaii, Johnston Atoll and the Marshall Islands in the tropical Pacific Ocean. It prefers steep slopes, near black corals at depths of 27–135 m (89–443 ft).[1][2]


The Hawaiian butterflyfish feeds on a variety of planktonic and benthic organisms.[2]

In the aquarium[edit]

These fish are somewhat popular in aquaria.


  1. ^ a b c Hoover, John P. (2008). The Ultimate Guide to Hawaiian Reef Fishes, Sea Turtles, Dolphins, Whales, and Seals. Mutual Publishing. ISBN 978-1-56647-887-8.
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2007). "Chaetodon tinkeri" in FishBase. 12 2007 version.