Heniochus diphreutes also known as the „False Moris Idol“ is distributed to the Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and South Africa to warm-temperate Australia and the Hawaiian Islands. Body is white with two broad oblique dark-brown bands running across the body from the dorsal fin to the abdomen and anal fin. A short brown band runs from the top of the head to the eye. The soft portion of the dorsal fin and the caudal fin are yellow.
Heniochus diphreutes are associate with coral reefs and sheltered coastal bays. These fish tend to inhabit deep protected lagoons and channels, and deeper parts of reef slopes. Adults most common in depth between 40 and 50 m, reported to 200 m too. Feed on plankton. Juveniles may act as cleaners; this behavior is also observed in adults.
Juvenile and adult behavior differ. Juveniles are often solitary while adults tend to occur in pairs. Grouping in large and small groups has also been recorded
Species: Heniochus diphreutes
Info by Hiroyuki Tanaka:
Indo-w.Pacific; 21 cm; abundant
Often seen in our area in summer and all around the year, from young to adult stages; a
school fish of large aggregation in nature; similar to the close H.acuminatus, but has a
longer snout; easily accept foods
Heniochus diphreustes Jordan, 1903
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopteri (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Percoidei (Suborder) > Chaetodontidae (Family) > Heniochus (Genus) > Heniochus diphreutes (Species)