Copperband butterflyfish ©David Clode

Family: Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfish)

Genus: Chelmon

Common names: Copperband Butterflyfish, Copperbanded Butterflyfish, Beaked Butterflyfish, Long-nosed Butterflyfish, Beaked Coralfish, Orange-Stripe Butterflyfish

Aquaculture History

In 2016, Ruensirikul, Jirayuth, et al., published their work successfully pairing and spawning captive copperband butterflyfish, Chelmon rostratus, and larval rearing to 10 days post hatch (DPH). No other reports were found regarding captive spawning or larval rearing of copperbands.

In 2021, copperband butterflyfish were successfully aquacultured by Dr. Cortney Ohs, Katie McCord (RTC funded MS student), Morgan Bronson (MS student), Audrey Beany (Biologist), Peter Woodward (Live Feeds Technician), and John Marcellus (Aquaculture Systems Maintenance), at the University of Florida Indian River Research and Education Center  with research funding from Rising Tide Conservation. 

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Aquacultured copperband butterflyfish, Chelmon rostratus, 57 DPH ©UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center