Chaetodon bennetti   Cuvier,  1831 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 20.0 cm TL (male)

Color: Yellow with a large blackish blue blotch edged white below end of posterior dorsal spines; most of the blotch below the lateral line; a blackish blue band from front of dorsal through eye to isthmus; a similar band from operculum through base of pectoral towards anal origin and another from upper edge of gill opening to above middle of anal fins. Fins yellowish.

Head 3.2 in standard length, 3.8 in total length. Depth of body 1.6 in standard length, 1.85-1.90 in total length. Eye diameter 3.2 in head, equal to bluntly rounded snout and 1.0-1.1 in convex interorbital space. Rostro-dorsal profile obliquely ascending, 7th to 9th dorsal fin spines longest, as long as head without snout. Spinous dorsal fin about twice longer than soft part. Second anal fin spine longer than third, as long as or slightly longer than 7th dorsal spine. Lateral line moderately arched, ending below posterior part of soft dorsal. Pectoral and ventral fins slightly shorter than head.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XIV, 17-18; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 16; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 15-16; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 46-47; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 9+1+19.

Oviparous, dioecious, external fertilization, nonguarders, open water/substratum egg scatterers. Distinct pairing.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Chaetodon bennetti Cuvier, 1831
(Senior synonym)
Chaetodon vinctus Lay & Bennett, 1839
(Junior synonym)
Chaetodon bennetti Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1831
Chaetodon bennetti Smith, 1949
Chaetodon (Rhabdophorus) bennetti Weber and de Beaufort, 1936
Chaetodon benetti Cuvier, 1831
Chaetodon binetti Cuvier, 1831

Common Name (s)
• Eclipse Butterflyfish (English)
• Bluelashed Butterflyfish (English)
• Handupholimas (Mahl)
• Kokkamas (Mahl)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, aquarium)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Benthic algae/weeds, plants, cnidarians (hard corals)


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti Atoll (Lat: 10.55) (Long: 72.63) INDIA (Record: 01/1991-06/1992)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Katchall INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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