Masked Butterflyfish- Red Sea Raccoon Butterflyfish

(Chaetodon semilarvatus)

Chaetodon semilarvatus, commonly known as the Masked butterflyfish or Red Sea raccoon butterflyfish, is a striking species belonging to the family Chaetodontidae. Here’s an overview of Chaetodon semilarvatus:


Body: The Masked butterflyfish has a compressed, disc-shaped body typical of butterflyfish.
Coloration: It is characterized by a predominantly white body with a broad black vertical band running through the eye to the base of the dorsal fin. The face is adorned with a distinctive yellow mask, giving it its common name.


Adults usually grow to about 6 inches (15 cm) in length.

Chaetodon semilarvatus is native to the Red Sea and adjacent waters, including the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. They are typically found in coral-rich areas of reefs and lagoons, often near drop-offs or caves where they can retreat if threatened.