Species group: Butterflyfish
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Scientific name: Chaetodon adiergastos
The Panda Butterflyfish is characterized by its diagonal white and brownish stripes on the side of the body, and yellow fins. The fish earns its name from the black panda-like spot which covers its eye. There is also a black spot on the forehead. Compared to other Butterflyfish, there is no spot on the caudal fin. The dorsal, ventral, and caudal fins give the fish a very symmetrical look due to the equal spacing on the body.
This fish is a nocturnal fish which is unlikely among Butterflyfish. During the day, it is found to hide in nooks and crannies in the rockwork or under corals.
The ideal tank size for this fish is 200 gallons. Panda Butterflyfish exist in pairs or in small groups. The fish feeds on corals, worms, crabs, and other invertebrates.