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Prognathodes aculeatus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Chaetodontidae
Genus: Prognathodes
T. N. Gill, 1862
Type species
Chelmo pelta
Günther, 1860

Prognathodes is a genus of fish in the family Chaetodontidae found at rocky reefs in tropical oceans around the world and are mainly found deeper than Chaetodon; often a depths below those possible in normal scuba diving. In the past they were commonly included in the genus Chaetodon. They are whitish, yellow, black and dark brown, and reach 10–16 centimetres (3.9–6.3 in) in length.[1]


There are currently 12 recognized species in this genus:


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2016). Species of Prognathodes in FishBase. June 2016 version.
  2. ^ Pyle, R.L. & Kosaki, R.K. (2016): Prognathodes basabei, a new species of butterflyfish (Perciformes, Chaetodontidae) from the Hawaiian Archipelago. ZooKeys, 614: 137–152.