Butterfly perch

Taxobox | name = Butterfly perch


image_caption = Photo by Ian Skipworth
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Actinopterygii
ordo = Perciformes
familia = Serranidae
subfamily = Anthiinae
genus = "Caesioperca"
species = "C. lepidoptera"
binomial = "Caesioperca lepidoptera"
binomial_authority = (Forster, 1801)

The butterfly perch, "Caesioperca lepidoptera", a sea bass of the subfamily "Anthiinae" of the family "Serranidae" , is found in the eastern Indian Ocean, and south west Pacific Ocean including southern Australia, and New Zealand. Its length is between 15 and 30 cm.

The butterfly perch is a deep-bodied species with a slightly pointed snout. Both dorsal fins are long and low with no gap between them, and the tail is lightly forked.

Colouration is a pale fawn-pink, tinged with bright blue on the head and fins, and a conspicuous black spot in the middle of each flank. The entire body and fins are covered with small close-set dark spots, only noticeable on close inspection.

Food consists of a wide range of mid-water planktonic animals, and this species forms loose feeding schools over rocky reefs.

References

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* Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, "Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand", (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8


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