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Growing to a maximum length of 20 cm (nearly 8 in), its body is whitish or blue-white with curved to oblique black bands on the sides. A yellow-edged black bar runs through the eye, another is on the snout. It is a close relative of the Mailed Butterflyfish (C. reticulatus) and the Ornate Butterflyfish (C. ornatissimus). Together they make up the subgenus called "Citharoedus", but as this name had already been used for a mollusc genus when it was given to the fish, it is not valid. They are probably quite close to the subgenus Corallochaetodon which contains for example the Melon Butterflyfish (C. trifasciatus). Like these, they might be separated in Megaprotodon if the genus Chaetodon is split up.

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Animalia: Chordata: Perciformes: Actinopterygii: Chaetodontidae: Chaetodon meyeri

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