Beaked coralfish

(Chelmon rostratus)


Beaked coralfish IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC)


Facts about this animal

Chelmon rostratus reaches a length of about 20 cm. It is an easily recognised species because of ist elongated snout and the four golden-yellow bars. It is one of the more inquisite butterfly fish, and may come quite close to divers.

Beaked coralfish are generally seen on sheltered habitats, inner reefs from shallow water down to depths of about 25 m where they feed on coral polyps and small invertebrates.

Did you know?
that the copper-banded butterflyfish has two important survival adaptations? The large conspicuous eyespots above its tail confuse predators and its long snout enables it to reach food in narrow holes.


Name (Scientific) Chelmon rostratus
Name (English) Beaked coralfish
Name (French) Chelmon à bec médiocre
Name (German) Kupferstreifen-Pinzettfisch
Name (Spanish) Mariposa copperband
CITES Status Not listed
CMS Status Not listed



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Luc Viatour



Range Eastern Indian and western Pacific Oceans from the Andaman Sea to Southern Japan and Australia
Habitat Coral reefs from surface to a depth of 25 m.
Wild population Unknown
Zoo population Considering that most publc aquaria are not part of the WAZA system and do not register their collections with ISIS, available ISIS data are not significant.

In the Zoo

Beaked coralfish


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 51 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.

Fish must be unpacked carefully and under low illumination.


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BS Thurner Hof

Why do zoos keep this animal

Beaked coralfish are not an endangered species but their habitats, coral reefs, are threatened in many places. They are thus presented by zoos and aquariums as an ambassador species for reef protection.