butterflyfish


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but·ter·fly·fish

 (bŭt′ər-flī′fĭsh′)
n.
1. Any of various small tropical marine fishes of the family Chaetodontidae, having a laterally compressed body with bright colors and patterns.
2. Any of various fishes with broad winglike fins.

butterflyfish

n
(Animals) any small tropical marine percoid fish of the genera Chaetodon, Chelmon, etc, that has a deep flattened brightly coloured or strikingly marked body and brushlike teeth: family Chaetodontidae. See also angelfish1
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.butterflyfish - tropical fish with huge fanlike pectoral fins for underwater glidingbutterflyfish - tropical fish with huge fanlike pectoral fins for underwater gliding; unrelated to searobins
scorpaenoid, scorpaenoid fish - fishes having the head armored with bony plates
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As soon as I take the plunge into the waters kept calm by the reef, I encounter butterflyfish, Moorish idols and bluestripe snappers among the coral Other free activities organised by the hotel include canoeing, glass bottom boat trips, tennis and volleyball, while scuba diving, deep sea fishing, horse riding and catamaran cruises are available at an extra cost.
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Nevertheless, there were plenty of reef dwellers among the bleached coral: parrotfish, butterflyfish, purple- lipped clams, sea slugs and Christmas tree worms.
By day you can enjoy the hotel's watersports, and if you dive, the coral reefs are teeming with colourful parrotfish, butterflyfish and harmless reef sharks.
A beautiful black, white, and yellow butterflyfish, much admired by divers and aquarium keep ers, may be at risk of extinction, scientists have warned.
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