False Moorish Idols: Heniochus diphreutes and Double-Saddle Butterfly Fish: Chaetodon ulietensis
These are not Moorish Idols,
but rather they are False Moorish Idols Heniochus diphreutes. They have a slightly shorter dorsal fin and slightly different coloration. They are found in tropical waters all over, including Hawaii, Tahiti, South Africa, and the Red Sea. The False Moorish Idol feeds mainly on plankton; with adults swimming in large schools, and younger fish congregating around outer slopes of coral reefs. It belongs to the family Chaetodontidae, or Butterflyfishes. While we were feeding the Moray Eels and Black-Tip Sharks in Tahiti, there were always hundreds of butterflyfish of all species.
Print Number - TF023
Limited Edition signed color photography for sale by Stephen Brunson
Double-Saddle Butterflyfish Statistics:
The Double-Saddle Pacific Butterflyfish, or Chaetodon ulietensis, inhabit coral rich areas of lagoon reefs and seaweed reefs, usually solitary or in very small groups, and are, like most butterflyfish, carnivores. Often they eat the polyps of the coral, but rarely the actual skeleton. The Pacific butterflyfish is very common in all of the warm tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean, ranging from Indonesia to North and South America. They can grow up to 6 or 7 inches in length.