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Parachaetodon ocellatus Sixspine butterflyfish

Parachaetodon ocellatusis commonly referred to as Sixspine 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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Parachaetodon ocellatus 
Segelfalterfisch - Fünfbinden-Falter 
Sixspine Butterflyfish 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Chaetodontidae (Family) > Parachaetodon (Genus) > ocellatus (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Cuvier, ), 1831 
Australia, Bali, Cambodia, Fiji, Houtman Abrolhos (Abrolhos Islands), India, Indian Ocean, Indonesia, Japan, Lesser Sunda Islands, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Guinea, New South Wales (Australia), Northern Territory (Australia), Ogasawara Islands, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Queensland (Australia), Raja Amat, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South China Sea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Ryukyu Islands, Timor, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Western Australia, Western Pacific Ocean 
Sea depth:
5 - 40 Meter 
5.91" - 7.09" (15cm - 18cm) 
71.6 °F - 82.4 °F (22°C - 28°C) 
Aiptasia, Algae, Amphipods, Copepods, Crustaceans, Daphnia salina, Invertebrates, Mysis, Sponges, Zooplankton 
175.98 gal (~ 800L) 
Only for advanced aquarists 
Not available as offspring 
Toxic hazard unknown 
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Least concern (LC)  
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
Last edit:
2021-09-20 12:57:28 


Parachaetodon ocellatus also commonly referred as Sixspine butterflyfish or Kite butterflyfish has four brown, broad bands across the body (5 bands as juveniles and 4 as adults). The snout is blunt. There is a black eye spot at the base of the tail fin with a less distinct false eye on the dorsal fin. Adults have a more pointed dorsal fin.

The Sixspine butterflyfish is distributed to the Indo-Pacific Ocean: from India and Sri Lanka to Fiji, north to Ryukyu and Bonin Islands, and south to northern Great Barrier Reef and New South Wales; sometimes seen in shallow bays and estuaries at a depth of 3 to 30 m and found over flat muddy bottoms and/or in seagrass beds. Usually alone but sometimes in smaller groups.

Parachaetodon ocellatus natural diet consists of algae and crustaceans, and possibly sponges. It is known to feed on coral polyps and small inverts. Unfortunately these beautiful fishes are popular in the aquarium trade although they are considered difficult to keep and feed.


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.


Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Chaetodontidae
Genus: Parachaetodon
Species: Parachaetodon ocellatus

External links

  1. Artikel Korallenriff Magazin Ausgabe Nr. 4 Glasrosen (de). Abgerufen am 25.08.2021.
  2. FishBase (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  3. Fishes of Australia (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  4. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  5. Reefvid (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.




Husbandry know-how of owners

am 06.09.08#3
Dass dieser Fisch selten ist, halte ich für ein Gerücht...
Was den schwierigkeitsgrad betrifft, so sollte nur ein Exemplar gekauft werden, das schon beim händler frisst, ansonsten ist das überleben von kurzer dauer.
was aber anscheinend noch niemand bemerkt hat, ist dass dieser fisch der beste glasrosenfresser ist den ich kenne: feilenfisch oder rostratus sind da absolut unzuverlässig, wohingegen der parachaetodon immer seine aufgaben zur vollsten zufriedenheit erfüllt. Auch ist dieser Fisch ein eher ruhiger zeitgenosse,
am 14.02.08#2
Pflege seit 9 Monaten ein Pärchen Parachaetodon ocellatus.Ich hatte von Anfang an keine Probleme bei der Fütterung der Segelfalterfische.Ab und an zupfen sie an Weichkorallen ohne sie jedoch wirklich zu schädigen.Sps Korallen werden von ihnen nicht beachtet.Trockenfutter wird aber bisher nicht angenommen.
Eher ein Ruhiger Fischvertreter,keine rangeleien mit anderen Fischen.
am 01.06.05#1
Western Pacific to Indonesia; 18 cm; uncommon
Seen in Ogasawara but not from Okinawa; schooling; a black spot persists in large adults; fairly difficult to maintain
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