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BiologyInhabits continental shelf reefs; not usually found around oceanic islands (Ref. 9710). Feeds on sponges, tunicates, and filamentous algae (Ref. 9710). Forms small groups. Frequently exported through the aquarium trade (Ref. 48391). Very close to Chaetodontoplus poliourus Randall & Rocha, 2009 with different colors on pelvic, dorsal and caudal fins. The two species coexist in several islands of Indonesia (Ref. 82330) including Lesser Sunda Islands, Molucca Islands, Halmahera, and Bird's Head Peninsula of West Papua (Ref. 90102).