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Raccoon Butterflyfish Profile


Raccoon Butterflyfish Profile Keoki Stender

Scientific Name:

Chaetodon lunula (Lacepede, 1802) - Similar to C. fasciatus, the Red Sea Raccoon Butterflyfish.

Other Common Names:

Cresent-Masked Butterflyfish, Lunule Butterflyfish.


Indo-Pacific region.

Maximun Size:

To 8".


Inhabits coral reef and rocky turain areas. Provide with plenty of shelter and ample room.

Minimum Tank Size Suggested:

75 gallons.

Characteristics & Compatibility:

Moderately-aggressive species. Primarily a nocturnal feeder, but may also be active during day-light hours. At night, and when frightened, this fish's body turns darker in color and takes on a blochy appearance.

Diet & Feeding:

Larger specimens may not adjust well to aquarium life, having a tendency to ignore tank fed foods and starve. A smaller juvenile or sub-adult specimen will more readily adapt to its surroundings. Offer suitable carnivore fares.

Reef Tank Suitability:

Although known to be a natural predator of Aiptasia anemones, caution should be used when considering this fish to rid a reef tank of them. Not safe with most corals, desirable invertebrates, as well as crustaceans that are not well-armored for protection against predation.

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