Muller’s Butterfly

(Chelmon muelleri)
Chelmon muelleri, commonly known as Mueller’s butterflyfish or Mueller’s coralfish, is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Chaetodontidae. Here are some key characteristics and information about this species:
  1. Appearance: Mueller’s butterflyfish has a distinctive and striking appearance. It has a thin, elongated body with a pointed snout. The body is primarily white to silver in color, adorned with a complex pattern of black lines, spots, and bands. It has a yellow mask-like stripe through the eye and a yellow band that extends from the mouth to the base of the dorsal fin.
  2. Size: They typically grow up to about 15-20 cm (6-8 inches) in length.
  3. Distribution: This species is found in the tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean, specifically from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea to northern Australia.
  4. Habitat: Mueller’s butterflyfish inhabits coral reefs, often frequenting areas with abundant coral growth and hiding spots among rocks and crevices. They are commonly found in shallow to moderate depths, usually up to around 25 meters (80 feet).