Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Life of Racoon Butterflyfish

Life of Sea | Racoon Butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunula) |Another name of Racoon butterflyfish is Crescent-masked butterflyfish or Lunule butterflyfish. Racoon butterflyfish live in the Indo-Pacific and South Atlantic (excluding the Red Sea). The geographic range extends from East Africa to Hawaii and the Marquesas and Ducie Islands. The northern boundary lies south of Japan, whereas the southern boundary is located in the waters of Lord Howe Island and Rapa. In the southeast Atlantic Ocean, the species is found from East London in South Africa. The adult Racoon butterflyfish inhabits shallow reef flats of the lagoons and seaward reefs, while the young tend to prefer to stay between the inner reef flats on rocks and in tide pools.


Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Chordata
Class:     Actinopterygii
Order:     Perciformes
Family:     Chaetodontidae
Genus:     Chaetodon
Subgenus:     Rabdophorus
Species:     C. (R.) lunula

The Racoon butterflyfish is a shy and quiet types from the tropical Indo-Pacific. The body of the fish is yellow in color with various markings, including black around the eyes, hence the common name. The Racoon butterflyfish is yellow-orange, but darker on the upper half of the body. It has a black spot around his eye, with a wide white stripe on posterior. Two black stripes bordered in yellow accessible from the white stripe on the dorsal fin. This fish is very similar to the Red Sea raccoon butterflyfish or Diagonal butterflyfish. They can grow to 8 inches in length in the aquarium.

In the wild, adults feed mainly on tentacles tube worms, slugs and other benthic invertebrates, but also eat algae and coral polyps. In the aquarium, you can combine with dry food to live, fresh or frozen meaty food is much better. So you can serve your fish shrimp, mussels and insect larvae. This fish also varied diet. It is often described as a carnivorous species, but it will always include algae in the wild and need to do this in the aquarium and to stay healthy in the long run. 

The Racoon butterflyfish is generally medium hard to keep. They are generally peaceful and can be stored in a friendly community aquarium. In the wild these fish can be seen in groups, but it can be difficult to get a group to co-exist in the aquarium, unless they are caught together. In the wild, the Racoon butterflyfish spend much time looking for food and can grow bored and apathetic in a tank where it is given one or two large servings of food per day and not to engage in between. It is therefore the best for your fish many small servings of different foods to feed during the day.

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