Chaetodon melannotus Bloch & Schneider 1801,

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: 185

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Chaetodon melannotus Bloch & Schneider 1801


Chaetodon melannotus Bloch & Schneider 1801  —Black-backed butterflyfish

Status at New Ireland. New record, based on a video of a specimen taken at Kavieng, Kavieng District, 0–11 m depth, St. KR 22, on 5 June 2014 (identified by Barry C. Russell); another taken off Nubilus Island , off southeastern New Hanover , at 3–32 m depth, St. KR 88, in 2014.

Distribution and habitat. New Ireland: 1, 2.—General distribution: Red Sea, East Africa, Madagascar and Mascarenes east to Marshall Islands and Tonga, north to southern Japan, south to Western Australia and New South Wales ( Australia) and New Caledonia. Found in coral-rich areas of coral reefs, 1–20 m depth. Marine.