butterfly fish


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but′terfly fish`

or but′ter•fly•fish`,


n.
any of various colored tropical fishes of the family Chaetodontidae, having deep, narrow bodies and darting movements suggestive of a butterfly.
[1735–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.butterfly fish - small usually brilliantly colored tropical marine fishes having narrow deep bodies with large broad finsbutterfly fish - small usually brilliantly colored tropical marine fishes having narrow deep bodies with large broad fins; found worldwide
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
chaetodon - any fish of the genus Chaetodon
angelfish - a butterfly fish of the genus Pomacanthus
Holocanthus tricolor, rock beauty - gold and black butterflyfish found from West Indies to Brazil
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In its lagoon, I found coral reeds full of bright orange clownfish and yellow-striped butterfly fish that rushed to kiss my hand.
Expect to see humphead wrasses, barracudas, butterfly fish, and colonies of sea snakes.
I was looking at Nemo's reef home: delicate angel fish, butterfly fish and of course the cute clown fish themselves, flanked by Blue Tang Dory, reminding me to "just keep swimming".
Chunky pink and blue parrotfish, so close you can hear their teeth gnawing the rock below as they forage, share space with black and white striped damselfish, acidyellow butterfly fish and cleverly camouflaged lizardfish lurking on the hard marine landscape.
Chunky pink and blue parrotfish, so close you can hear their teeth gnawing the rock below as they forage, share space with black and white striped damselfish, acid-yellow butterfly fish and cleverly camouflaged lizardfish lurking on the hard marine landscape.
There have been 18 species of Butterfly fish, documented on the reef, which could be seen in crystal clear water.Some examples of the Butterfly fish are, the Chaetodon species and some of them Chaetodon collaris, Chaetodon cittrinellus, Chaetodon falcula, Chaetodon xanthocephalus,Chaetodon lineolatus, Chaetodon meyeri, Chaetodonmelanotus, Chaetodon rafflesi, and Chaetodon Triangulum.
Most are between 10 and 20 centimeters long, though the Lined Butterfly fish reaches almost 30 centimeters.
Already, the barren area around the artificial reef has become home to 32 species of fish including damselfish, butterfly fish, lizardfish, thread fin beams, rabbitfish, cardinal fish and lion fish.
Some, like butterfly fish and wrasses, are less distressed by pressure reduction, but others, like wrasse basslets and jawfish, are quite susceptible.
Guests are led by a professional diver to encounter colourful coral and coral fishes, such as Shy Butterfly fish, Painted Triggerfish, Blue-stripped Snapper, fusilier and angelfish.
Work through the Goliath Grouper worksheet together, and then have students work through the same questions using the snook and longjaw butterfly fish data independently.
i overcome my fear of the choppy water to go snorkelling, and spot an array of marine life including parrotfish, angelfish, barracudas and butterfly fish.