Chaetodon vagabundus is also commonly referred as the Vagabond Butterflyfish and can be found throughout the warm tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region. It distribution is throughout from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Line and Tuamoto Islands, north to southern Japan and down south to Lord Howe Island.
The Vagabond Butterflyfish is closely related to Chaetodon decussates and can be recognised by the black bands over the head and tail and the blue margin along the top of the dorsal fin.
Chaetodon vagabundus is very often found occurring on coral reefs and in lagoons and is generally seen in pairs. It is known to feed on algae, coral polyps, crustaceans and worms. The Vagabond Butterflyfish grows to a maximum length of approximately 23cm.
Butterflyfish are not recommended for reefs as they will pick at or eat a wide variety of corals, fan worms, and other invertebrates. Most Butterflyfish are known to pick at Aiptaisia, a parasitic anemone.
Anisochaetodon vagabundus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Chaetodon mesogallicus Cuvier, 1829
haetodon nesogallicus Cuvier, 1829
Chaetodon setifer hawaiiensis Borodin, 1930
Tetragonoptrus nesogallicus (Cuvier, 1829)
Tetragonoptrus vagabundus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopteri (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Percoidei (Suborder) > Chaetodontidae (Family) > Chaetodon (Genus) > Chaetodon vagabundus (Species)