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Chaetodon auriga Threadfin butterflyfish

Chaetodon aurigais commonly referred to as Threadfin butterflyfish. Difficulty in the aquarium: Only for advanced aquarists. A aquarium size of at least 800 Liter is recommended. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.

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Chaetodon auriga 
Fähnchen - Falterfisch 
Threadfin Butterflyfish 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Chaetodontidae (Family) > Chaetodon (Genus) > auriga (Species) 
Initial determination:
Forsskål, 1775 
Sudan, Hong Kong, (the) Maldives, American Samoa, Arabian Sea, Australia, Christmas Islands, Cook Islands, Corea, East Africa, Egypt, Fiji, French Polynesia, Galapagos Islands, Guam, Gulf of Oman / Oman, Hawaii, India, Indian Ocean, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Johnston Atoll, Jordan, Kenya, Lord Howe Island, Madagascar, Malaysia, Marquesas Islands, Marschall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mozambique, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pitcairn Islands, Raja Amat, Rapa, Red Sea, Réunion , Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South-Africa, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Tahiti, Taiwan, Tansania, Thailand, The Bangai Archipelago, the Cocos Islands / Keeling Islands, the Seychelles, Tonga, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wake Atoll, Yemen 
Sea depth:
1 - 60 Meter 
up to 9.06" (23 cm) 
73.4 °F - 80.6 °F (23°C - 27°C) 
Aiptasia, Brine Shrimps, Coral polyps = corallivorous, Flakes, Frozen Food (large sort), Krill, Mysis, Zooplankton 
175.98 gal (~ 800L) 
Only for advanced aquarists 
Not available as offspring 
Toxic hazard unknown 
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Least concern (LC)  
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Last edit:
2020-02-29 15:08:39 


Forsskål, 1775

Chaetodon auriga , also known as the Auriga Butterflyfish ,Threadfin butterflyfish, Golden butterflyfish, Threadfin, Diagonal butterflyfish ; Inhabit the Tropical Indo-Pacific and Red Sea in back reef areas, lagoons and reef channels. They are found singly or in pairs in the reef shallows to depths of up to 10 metres (35 feet). The maximum size is around 20 cm (8 in.). Adult specimens have a long dorsal filament. Specimens from the Red Sea lack the ocellus on the soft dorsal fin and the dorsal filament is shorter. Young fish have a bright yellow dorsal area, which extends down across the caudal peduncle onto the soft portion of the anal fin.

Chaetodon auriga is an attractive and elegant addition to an aquarium display. The Auriga is one of the easier butterflyfish to keep. The aquarium should be having plenty of hiding places into which it can retire at night. A good assortment of frozen foods in its diet and this fish will flourish. Chaetodon auriga will readily accept a wide array of foods. A varied diet with this particular fish is very important to retain it’s health. Frozen mysis shrimp, crustacean flesh, marine fish, flake and pellet, as well as prepared frozen preparations are fine.


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.

If you like to keep more than two Auriga Butterflyfish or another Butterflyfish of similar coloration, we recommend you add them to your aquarium at the same time.

Anisochaetodon auriga (Forsskål, 1775)
Chaetodon auriga setifier (Bloch, 1795)
Chaetodon lunaris Gronow, 1854
Chaetodon satifer Bloch, 1795 (misspelling)
Chaetodon sebanus Cuvier, 1831
Chaetodon setifer Bloch, 1795
Linophora auriga (Forsskål, 1775)
Pomacanthus filamentosus Lacepède, 1802
Pomacentrus setifer (Bloch, 1795)
Sarothrodus auriga (Forsskål, 1775)
Tetragonoptrus auriga (Forsskål, 1775)
Tetragonoptrus setifer (Bloch, 1795)

Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopteri (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Percoidei (Suborder) > Chaetodontidae (Family) > Chaetodon (Genus) > Chaetodon auriga (Species)

External links

  1. FishBase (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  2. Hippocampus Bildarchiv (de). Abgerufen am 30.03.2021.
  3. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  4. World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.



Copyright Jim Greenfield, Foto Tiran, Rotes Meer, Ägypten
Copyright Jim Greenfield, Foto Vilamendhoo, Malediven
Copyright Philippe Bourjon, La Réunion
Copyright Richard Field, Foto Rotes Meer, Jeddah, Saudi Arabien
© David C. Cook, Wonga Beach, Australia
Chaetodon auriga mit irregulärer Zeichnung
Copyright Dr. J. E. Randall, Marshall Islands, Kwajalein,
Copyright Dr. J. E. Randall, Rotes Meer
Copyright Dr. Gerry Allen, Foto aus Magagaskar
Chaetodon auriga; Aufnahme Malediven

Husbandry know-how of owners

am 15.02.20#9
Hübscher Fisch auch toll zu beobachten, leider geht er bei mir an alles, außer an die Glasrosen die lässt er völlig außer Acht.
Er nimmt dafür Montipora, Milka, Krusten eigentlich alles was er nicht soll ;(
am 15.09.10#8
Auf den Fotos sind in erster Linie die Variante der Malediven abgebildet.
Den Fischen im Roten Meer fehlt der schwarze Fleck am Ende der Rückenflosse.

Gruss Ben Mitglied im VMN
am 20.04.09#7
Habe in wegen einer Glasrosenplage bei mir eingesetzt(waren ca. 200 Stück)welche er im nu vernichtet hat. Nachdem alle Glasrosen weg waren hat er 7 pumpende Xenia und eine Weichkoralle nieder gemacht. Diese Woche hat er dann zwei Hammerkorallen gekillt und heute Morgen fing er an, an einer Tridacna herum zu zupfen. Fazit:ein wunderschöner Fisch der sehr lebhaft und schwimmfreudig ist. Bekämpft zuverlässig Glasrosen ist aber leider nicht für ein Riffaquarium geeignet sondern eher was für Fischaquarien.
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