Our Reef Residents: Banded butterflyfish

Last week, I took my underwater camera into the GOT, and followed around this pair of banded butterflyfish for a few minutes. They remained within a couple feet of each other the entire time I was filming, which you can see in this video:

Banded butterflyfish, Chaetodon striatus, according to fishbase.org, are monogamous, the practice of having a single partner during a period of time. Just like many humans!

Banded butterflyfish (Photo: Bernard E. Picton via Wikimedia Commons)

In fact, during our Bahamas Collecting Expeditions, we never take just one of these fish if it is seen as a pair with another. Trip rules. Speaking of, the next trip is coming up in just a few months. Stay tuned.