Chaetodon lunula (Lacepede, 1802) - Similar to C. fasciatus, the Red Sea Raccoon Butterflyfish.
Other Common Names:
Cresent-Masked Butterflyfish, Lunule Butterflyfish.
Inhabits coral reef and rocky turain areas. Provide with plenty of shelter and ample room.
Minimum Tank Size Suggested:
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.