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

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(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
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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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Our results indicate that different reef zones on the Heron Island Reef support different Chaetodontid communities.
Partitioning of food and space resources by chaetodontid fishes on coral reefs.
The barberfish, Johnrandallia nigrirostris, another eastern Pacific chaetodontid, is a well-documented cleaner (Hobson 1965, 1969; Burgess 1978; Allen 1979; Thomson et al.
chaetodontid fish) are active, suggesting that predation on tentacles is not a currently active selective force on these behavioral patterns.