Pyramid Butterfly (Hemitaurichthys polylepis)


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Common Name: Pyramid Butterfly
Scientific Name: Hemitaurichthys polylepis
Reef-Safe: Yes
Min. Tank Size: 75 gallons
Captive Care: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Max. Size: 18 cm (7")
Range: Eastern Indian Ocean to Indonesia and the Hawaiian, Line, and Pitcairn islands, north to southern Japan, south to Rowley Shoals and New Caledonia.
Depth: 3 - 40m (10 - 131ft)
Diet: Omnivore
Remarks: This species is generally considered reef-safe due to their planktivorous diet. They should leave your corals alone while feeding from the water column. This also means that they are fairly easy to feed since they are already familiar with eating food floating by them in the water.