Chaetodon auripes , also known as the Oriental butterflyfish, Gold butterflyfish; Inhabit the Rocky reefs from Japan to Taiwan in coastal areas, sometimes where the water temperature is as low as 10° C (50° F Chaetodon auripes is very seldom imported but it settles down well to aquarium life.
As juvenil fish they have a black ocellus on the sort dorsal fin, which disappears with age. The snout is silver to bluish-grey and there is a black eye band present. Behind this eye band there is a broad white bar that extends from the nape to the base of the opercle. This white bar has caused much confusion in the past between this species and C. collare. However, C. auripes has a yellow-gold body colour with narrow horizontal stripes. The caudal fin is yellow with a submarginal black bar and the soft portions of the dorsal and anal fins have black margins with white sub-marginally.
Chaetodon auripes is robust and accept very fast most foods that are offered once it feels happy with its new surroundings. In the wild, it feeds on benthic invertebrates such as polychaetes and coral polyps. In a aquarium environment though, it will accept krill, mysid shrimp, Artemia, frozen plankton and finely chopped shellfish.
Butterflyfish are not recommended for reefs as they will pick at or eat a wide variety of corals, fan worms, and other invertebrates. Most Butterflyfish are known to pick at Aiptaisia, a parasitic anemone.
Chaetodon aureus Temminck & Schlegel, 1842
Chaetodon dorsiocellatus Ahl, 1923
Chaetodon fallax Ahl, 1923
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopteri (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Percoidei (Suborder) > Chaetodontidae (Family) > Chaetodon (Genus) > Chaetodon auripes (Species)