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Golden Butterflyfish Chaetodon aureofasciatus Macleay, 1878 also known as Gold-striped Butterflyfish. Other name is Sunburst Butterflyfish.

Fish has grey color with a bright yellow and an orange band through the eye. Fish lives on reef 1 – 20 meter depth. It inhabits on silty coastal reefs including estuarine or near river mouth.

Fish feeds on coral polyps and forms pairs during breeding. This behaviour is used as indicator of the reef condition. The degradation of the reef condition can affect the occurrence of this fish.

Andreas Muljadi and Frederick Noke Rijoly reported that they found 64 fish at 10 locations in Aru islands on November 2020 (download the report). Jance Hehuwat also reported found 53 fish species at 8 locations in Aru islands in 2016. Rijoly also reported that he encountered this species in some locations in Tanimbar islands in 2009.

These reports are state that the Golden Butterflyfish inhabits in Indonesia waters especially in Aru islands and Tanimbar islands.

The reports also shows that as an MPA, Southeast Aru islands – managed by Ministry of Marine and Fisheries Republic of Indonesia, is good area to protect the biodiversity.

Map of Golden Butterflyfish Occurance

Thanks to ATSEA2 Project for giving me opportunity to join the expedition and do fish census in November 2020. Thanks also to all MV Ambai crews and dive master for helping team during expedition.

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Kafe Penyelaman

The Kafe Penyelaman is managed by a marine biologist and dive instructor. He experiences in marine conservation especially on bio-physic data collection such as reef health monitoring, fish spawning aggregation site survey, marine large fauna survey, occasional observation and marine resource utilization assessment. Also experience on training related scientific diving, bio-physic monitoring, geographic information system, data analyzing and reporting, marker buoys installation, underwater photography and coral rehabilitation. He traveled the archipelago such as Weh island, Mandeh waters, Riau islands and Belitung waters, Krakatoa Marine Sanctuary, Seribu islands National Park, Karimunjawa National Park, Derawan, Sangalaki and Kakaban islands, Tanah Bumbu in South Kalimantan, Wakatobi National Park, Gorontalo waters, Bunaken National Park, Lembeh strait, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Komodo waters, Flores, Adonara, Lembata, Pantar, and Sawu Sea National Park, Halmahera and Morotai waters, Kaimana, Raja Ampat waters and Teluk Cenderawasih National Park. He also did some regional and international visit such as Tioman Marine Park and Tun Sakaran Marine Park in Malaysia, Atauro island and Liquiça in Timor Leste, Phuket in Thailand, Kehpara Marine Sanctuary in Pohnpei, Micronesia, and Gladden Spit Marine Sanctuary and Half Moon Cay Marine Park in Belize. Experience as a scuba diver instructor with more than 5000 dives and trained more than 200 advance and open water divers.