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Reef Compatible Butterflyfishes

Bonus content from the April 2009 FAMA magazine column Reef Notes.

By Vincent B. Hargreaves, Ph.D.

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If you want to keep other butterflyfishes with soft and stony corals, here is a list of species that will generally leave them alone:

Soft Coral Safe Butterflyfishes
Chaetodon auriga    
Chaetodon baronessa    
Chaetodon falcula
Chaetodon guttatissimus   
Chaetodon humeralis   
Chaetodon multicinctus
Chaetodon octofasciatus   
Chaetodon plebeius    
Chaetodon punctatofasciatus
Chaetodon rafflesi       
Chaetodon xanthurus    
Chelmon marginalis
Forcipiger flavissimus   
Hemitaurichthys zoster    
Prognathodes aya


Stony Coral Safe Butterflyfishes
Chaetodon citrinellus   
Chaetodon guttatissimus  
Chaetodon humeralis 
Chaetodon kleinii    
Chaetodon litus    
Chaetodon mertensii 
Chaetodon rafflesi   
Chaetodon reticulatus    
Chaetodon smithi
Chaetodon trichrous   
Chaetodon tinkeri   
Chaetodon wiebeli
Chaetodon xanthocephalus  
Forcipiger longirostris   
Hemitaurichthys polylepis
Hemitaurichthys zoster   
Heniochus chrysostomus   
Heniochus diphreutes
Prognathodes aculeatus   
Prognathodes aya    
Prognathodes brasiliensis

Gorgonian Safe Butterflyfishes
Chaetodon baronessa   
Chaetodon bennetti   
Chaetodon collare
Chaetodon ephippium   
Chaetodon fremblii   
Chaetodon kleinii
Chaetodon guttatissimus  
Chaetodon miliaris   
Chaetodon meyeri
Chaetodon nippon   
Chaetodon octofasciatus      
Chaetodon punctatofasciatus
Chaetodon vagabundis    
Heniochus acuminatus   
Heniochus chrysostomus
Heniochus varius    
Hemitaurichthys zoster   
Parachaetodon ocellatus

Want to read the full story? Pick up the April 2009 issue of Freshwater And Marine Aquarium, or subscribe to get 12 months of articles just like this.

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