Scientific Name
Hemitaurichthys polylepis  
Hemitaurichthys polylepis多鱗霞蝶魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Bleeker, 1857) Depth 5 - 40M
Chinese 多鱗霞蝶魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 蝴蝶魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F393 Chaetodontidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 多鱗霞蝶魚 
Max Length 18 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 霞蝶 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan ShaoLiuChew、LanI Is.、Greeb IS.、Tung Sa IS.、Nan Sa IS. 
Habitats Coral、Coastal  Holotype Locality Amboina 
Synonyms Chaetodon polylepis   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)  沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List ASIZP0057385. ASIZP0059170. ASIZP0070854. ASIZP0070968. ASIZP0804233. ASIZP0804847. ASIZP0914847. NMMBP04108. NMMBP05186. NMMSTP00272. NTUM00662. NTUM00663. NTUM00729. NTUM08020.  
Common Name Pyramid butterflyfish; Shy butterflyfish; Pyramid butterfly; Brushytoothed butterflyfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body oval, deep, strongly compressed. Head length about equal to head height; preopercle smooth, without prominent spines. Snout short. Small protractile mouth with brush-like teeth in the jaws. Dorsal fin with XI-XII spines, no notch between spinous and soft dorsal fin; and 23 to 26 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 19 to 22 soft rays; pectoral fins transparent with 16 to 18 soft rays; pelvic fins with I stout spine and 5 branched rays; caudal fin rounded. Overall whitish with a triangular yellow area behind head; dorsal fin and an area below soft portion of fin yellow; caudal peduncle and fin white; anal finyellow; head usually dark brown.
habitats Inhabits coral reefs and aggregates in midwater at depths of 5 to 40 m. Feeds on plankton; forms small to large aggregations. 
Distribution Widely distributed in Indo-Pacific from Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean to Indonesia to and the Hawaiian, Line, and Pitcairn Islands, north to southern Japan, south to Rowley Shoals and New Caledonia; throughout Micronesia. It is found in sou 
Utility Marine aquarium fish.