Distinguished from other butterflyfish genera by the extended, sometimes filament-like dorsal spine, Heniochus species are commonly known as “Bannerfishes”. Their genus name actually translates to “coachman” due to the whip-like dorsal spine. They are also interesting for the bony hump, or even spine, often evident on the nape. There are currently 8 species in the genus but only one or two are regularly imported. In nature these fishes may consume plankton but also feed benthically. They may also consume coral polyps so they are not regarded as ‘reef-safe’. Click or touch a thumbnail image for species level information.

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