Yellowhead Butterflyfish - Chaetodon Xanthocephalus

You can find this beauty in the warm tropical waters of the Indian ocean (23-27 deg C), form East Africa, Sri Lanka and the Maldives at depths of 1-30m, in algae rich rocky reefs and coral heads.

It is a small size fish which reach a maximum length of 20cm. They are territorial and aggressive and if kept in captive you need a tank of at least 500l with adequate swimming room and plenty of hiding places. Mostly solitary but also form loose aggregations (5-8 fish).

**The Yellowhead Butterflyfish has a white body with a distinctive yellow head with a black band through the eye, 4-5 v-shaped darker pale white lines across the body, the dorsal and anal fins are a deep mustard yellow to brown.

They feed on soft coral, algae and invertebrates but absolutely adore tubeworms.

Fish Proverbs

Don't stand by the water and long for fish; go home and weave a net.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

All cats love fish but fear to wet their paws.


Here's an idea for a post - because of the heavy fishing, one marine life that is not fished has exploded in numbers: the jellyfish. There are reports of the taking over entire areas, which is bad news for the other species living in those areas. Any recent studies should make for interesting reading.

Thank you very much, arthur.grafo, you are very kind. I will look into it. Hope you will enjoy a wonderful week.

I just thought of this:


is Greek for : Blonde Head