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(Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Animals) any small tropical marine percoid fish of the genera Chaetodon, Chelmon, etc., that has a deep flattened brightly coloured body and brushlike teeth: family Chaetodontidae See also angelfish 
but′terfly fish` or but′ter•fly•fish`,
any of various colored tropical fishes of the family Chaetodontidae, having deep, narrow bodies and darting movements suggestive of a butterfly.
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Just outside the capital, Palma Aquarium aims to recreate ocean habitats and eco-systems, with more than 8,000 specimens from over 700 species, including hammerhead sharks, rays, turtles and butterfly fish.
So reef butterfly fish, angelfish, spadefish and porkfish attempt to hide their eyes with a vertical black bar, and often put a fake eyespot near their tails.
As you arrive, the pure white sand almost dazzles, as does the thousands of fish with exotic colours matched only by their names - blue faced angel fish, dusky parrot fish, three-striped butterfly fish and velvet surgeon fish are just a few.
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