Fish Species

Red Tail Butterfly Fish

Red Tail Butterfly Fish - Description

The Red Tail Butterfly Fish is also known as the Pakistani Butterflyfish, Brown Butterflyfish and Collared Butterflyfish. 

It is brown to black in color with the lighter scales giving the fish a spotted appearance. The tail is red with a black stripe at the end and a white band behind the eyes.

The redtail butterfly can be aggressive to other butterfly fish, it is advisable to place a single fish or a pair together to avoid aggressive behaviour.

Popular Name: Red Tail Butterfly Fish
Species: Chaetodon collare

Profile of the Red Tail Butterfly Fish

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Red Tail Butterfly Fish species.

  • Size: Up to 15cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: 23-26 Degrees. PH 8.3-8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Dried, Flake, Frozen or live food such as Brine Shrimp

  • Temperament: Can act aggressively to other Butterfly Fish

  • Habitat: Marine waters, depths of up to 15m

  • Range: Indo-Pacific

Scientific Classification of the Red Tail Butterfly Fish

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Chaetodon collare

  • Popular Name: Redtailed Butterflyfish - Red Tail Butterfly Fish - Brown Butterflyfish - Collared Butterflyfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Chaetodontidae

Aquarium Fish Index

Facts about Fish Species - Red Tail Butterfly Fish

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.


A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.

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