The juvenile African butterflyfish is olive coloured with vertical lines of brownish dots and inhabits shallow reef waters. In adulthood it ventures up to 200 metres in depth and its body colour becomes lighter.
This species is not endangered. However its habitat faces severe threats, putting the species that live there at some risk. These are ecosystems rich in biodiversity, which provide not only food but also shelter to many marine species. They have been suffering chemical and physical changes not only by human hand but also due to climate changes.
When they mate, the pair is faithful to each other for several years.