Chaetodon vagabundus Linnaeus 1758,

Andréfouët, Serge, Chen, Wei-Jen, Kinch, Jeff, Mana, Ralph, Russell, Barry C., Tully, Dean & White, William T., 2019, Checklist of the marine and estuarine fishes of New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean, with 810 new records, Zootaxa 4588 (1), pp. 1-360: 189-190

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Chaetodon vagabundus Linnaeus 1758


Chaetodon vagabundus Linnaeus 1758  —Vagabond butterflyfish

Status at New Ireland. First recorded from St. Mathias by Duncker & Mohr (1929: 73), based on ZMH 11732View Materials.

Specimens photographed in Kavieng region on 1–4 June 2013 during ACIAR Aquarium Survey (see Teitelbaum et al. 2013: 14); a video of a specimen taken at Anelaua Island, off eastern New Hanover, 4–12 m depth, St. KR130, in 2014 (identified by Barry C. Russell).

Distribution and habitat. New Ireland: 1, 2, 4.—General distribution: Red Sea and East Africa, Madagascar and Mascarenes east to Marshall, northern Line and Tuamotu islands, north to southern Japan, south to Kimberleys (Western Australia), Lord Howe, Norfolk and Austral islands. Found on coral and rocky reefs, including areas with freshwater runoff, 0–30 m depth. Transitional water and marine.