Fish ID please

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Hi all

Anybody got an ID on this fish for me, it's a juvenile (about 2 cm's). Thanks.

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Common name is racoon butterfly
 

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Thanks guys.

So he's going to end up looking like this,cool :D

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yeah the ID is correct.cool little butterfly!i think this is the most common butterfly along our shorelines.
Sweetest fish - one of my all time favourites! Juveniles not always as common as vaggies and threadfins, but adults and semi-adults are pretty common on most rock shores (down to the t'kei) in the high subtidal zones. You often see young (=teenage?) pairs in gullies and so on...
 
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i must add,this is the fish that made me veture out into marines about 14-15 years ago.that was after i caught my first one in a rockpool in Umhlanga
Hey hey! Me too! I had a 2ft... with a few arb things. Oldman and I (10 or so) spent two full low tides at Coffee bay trying to catch two of these! We succeeded and here I am, broke as I was then mostly due to the fishy bug!

Special fish indeed.
 

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Hey hey! Me too! I had a 2ft... with a few arb things. Oldman and I (10 or so) spent two full low tides at Coffee bay trying to catch two of these! We succeeded and here I am, broke as I was then mostly due to the fishy bug!

Special fish indeed.
You lot are so lucky, if i spent that long on the English coast, the only thing i would catch would be hypothermia:(
 

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not to say im perfect in catching fish
Definitely not perfect, can't even catch a bristletooth :whistling:

Nice pics Pterois, like you say, really is a sweet little fish, just goes around minding his own business.
 
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My favourite local b/fly, also probably the hardiest and seems to be the most reef friendly local b/fly in my experience. I have had them with SPS, Tree corals, Softies, etc. I have seen them peck on Star Polyps but they grew so fast anyway that it did not matter. They love eating aiptasia and I imagine would also nail small anemones such as the colonial ones from Transkei and Natal.
 
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lolo wee man,it took me ages to learn how to catch something easy like a butterfly.practice makes perfect.not to say im perfect in catching fish
Hmmm - butterflies can be moerofa tricky sometimes... Blackburniis seem to be able to get the better of me every time, but then again I don't try all that hard for them!
 
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