It’s been a long while since we’ve had a fun butterflyfish hybrid to share with you but what’s cool about this specimen is that it is an aquarium established fish. The parents of this outbred fish were Chaetodon lineolatus and C. semilarvatus, the only combination currently known to include the Red Sea’s popular and iconic golden butterflyfish.
We’ve reported on this specific cross of these two species before but that young specimen had yet to develop its mature coloration, and instead it was on the pale side reflecting its lined butterflyfish parentage. This individual was photographed in Japan by rare fish fancier Hoshiki Nakauchi of AquaStar and unlike many of the unusual fish we spotlight, this one is not a fresh import.
Instead the images of the semilarvatus hybrid are accompanied by video clips of this wonderful fish eagerly begging for food. Semilarvatus butterflyfish can adapt rather well to captive aquarium life so it’s great to see this flexibility inherited by this super rare natural remix of the golden butterflyfish.