Sunburst Butterflyfish (Chaetodon kleinii)

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Sunburst Butterflyfish

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Sunburst Butterflyfish

Chaetodon kleinii

284 Litres (75 US G.)

12-15 cm (4.7-5.9")


8.2 - 8.5

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods
Other (See article)

3-5 years



Additional names

Sunburst Butterflyfish, Blacklip Butterfly, Klein's Butterflyfish, Orange Butterflyfish, Brown Butterflyfish, Corallicola Butterflyfish, Bluehead Butterflyfish

Additional scientific names

Chaetodon kleini


Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa (south to Coffee Bay, South Africa) to the Hawaiian Islands and Samoa, north to southern Japan, south to New South Wales, Australia and New Caledonia. Eastern Pacific: Galapagos Island.


Difficult to visually sex.

Tank compatibility[edit]

This Butterfly can be kept with other Butterflies, including those of it's own species, as long as they are introduced to the tank at the same time. New additions to a tank with an established fish may be bullied. Is otherwise generally peaceful towards other fish, but may nip at soft corals and small invertebrates.


Will graze on algae, and will also eat small invertebrates and polyps. Must be supplemented with frozen, live and veges if these aren't available.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed 3 to 4 times a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Requires a long tank of at least 284 Litres (75 US G.), established with live rock for grazing. Some open swimming space is appreciated combined with hiding places.


A generally peaceful mid-swimming Butterflyfish.


High sided slender oval fish. The body is primarily yellow in colour, there is half a white band in the centre from the dorsal fading mid-way down the body. The head is bolder white with a dark band running vertically from the beginning of the dorsal down through the eye and down to the anal fin. This darker band varies in colour from blue to brown. The lips of the fish are black in colour. The dorsal, caudal and anal fin are edged with blue iridescence.


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