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Butterfly Fish
Scientific Name
Chaetodon auripes
Chaetodontidae - Butterflyfish
Time of Year
Time of Day
All day
Selling Price
1,000 Bells

The Butterfly FishChaetodon auripes, is an uncommon oceanic fish that can be found all day, between the months of April and September. It sells for 1,000 Bells.


An information board in the aquarium will provide information about this fish.

"Butterfly fish are considered very cute pets, popular because of their beautiful nature. They glide through the warm seas by flapping their yellow bodies as if they were butterflies. Their diets are surprisingly hardy, as they gobble coral and poisonous anemones using narrow mouths. Butterfly-fish couples have been known to live together for 10 years or more. Often they can be seen swimming around in pairs. You'll likely never find a better underwater romance."

In real life[]


The Oriental Butterflyfish is a tropical marine fish. They can be found from the northern Philippines and Taiwan to southern Japan, and inhabit rocky reefs with algae and coral. It can grow up to 20cm, and will feed on benthic invertebrates.

As a whole, the butterflyfish family is a diverse group similar to angelfish. Some species are well coloured, while others are dull, each differing depending on its habitat and habits. Many have eyespots on their flanks and dark bands across their eyes, not unlike the patterns seen on butterfly wings.