Ikan Kepe-Kepe lucu ini, atau biasa disebut Chevroned Butterflyfish (Chaetodon trifascialis), diperkirakan mempunyai resiko kepunahan yang tinggi. Walaupun ikan ini penyebarannya luas, mereka sangat tergantung pada satu jenis Acropora sebagai makanannya: Acropora hyacinthus.

Penelitian yang diterbitkan di the journal Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology oleh Dr Pratchett dari ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies dan Universitas James Cook serta Dr Michael Berumen of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (USA) menunjukan bahwa ikan ini memilih untuk kelaparan, daripada memakan jenis Acropora lain.

Celakanya sekitar 70% terumbu karang di dunia dalam kondisi yang buruk, dan di Indonesia sekitar 80% karang berada dalam ancaman (reef at risk, 2002). A hyacinthus sangat rentan terhadap pemanasan global, hama bintang berduri (Acanthaster plancii), dan kerusakan-kerusakan fisik. Selain itu, ikan kepe-kepe adalah salah satu jenis keluarga ikan yang favorit untuk perdagangan ikan akuarium.

Lebih lanjut lagi, mereka berdua berkata bahwa pebisnis dan penghobi ikan akuarium harus diinformasikan bahwa jenis ikan kepe-kepe seperti C. trifascialis, ikan yang jenis makanannya spesifik, tidak cocok untuk diperdagangkan.

Kalau untuk kita para penyelam sih, sudah jelas. Lebih asyik lihat ikan kepe-kepe di dalam laut daripada di akuarium, betul???

Sumber berita: diadaptasi dari ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies (2008, February 25). Butterfly Fish 'May Face Extinction'. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2008, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2008/02/080225072629.htm

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