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Butterfly fishes exist near shallow craggy coral reefs. That's where they search for food and seek protection from their predators. Large barracudas, moray eels, and most of the pelagic shark species eat butterfly fish.

There are 114 recognized butterfly fish species. They range from the very smallest around 3 inches long, up to the largest. In fact, adult butterfly fishes can reach 20 centimeters in length.

Marine butterfly fish are broadly found in tropical and subtropical oceans. Thus, they thrive particularly well around the shallow reefs of the Indian Ocean.

The genus can live a solitary life quite happily. But, there are some butterfly fish species which school together in small clusters. Once they find a partner they usually become mates for life.

They are 'appropriately' named butterfly fish because of their bright intricate patterns and striped or spotty coloration. Even so, there are several species of butterfly fishes which are dull-colored. But, most have a conspicuous body which displays striking background colors of yellow, blue, orange, and red.

You can characterize schools of butterfly fishes by their thin disk-shaped flattened body. They also display an exaggerated and elongated snout. The dazzling fishes use their long narrow snouts to peck at rock and coral formations.

They search for small worms, coral polyps, and most small invertebrates. In many ways they closely resemble the angelfish species which are their distant cousins.

What Eats Butterfly Fish?

Predatory Facts about Butterfly Fishes: The majority of the butterfly fish species is on the endangered species list. The average lifespan for the genus is around seven years.

They have several body markings used to confuse their predators. For example, dark eye bands and circular eye-like dots on their flanks. But, the fishes which eat butterfly fish the most include adult morays, most sharks and many other big predators.

Note: There are several reasons why butterfly fish are endangered. But, the biggest threat to the butterfly fish survival comes from oceanic pollution and global climate change.

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Copperband Butterfly Fish Yellow Butterfly Fishes

Pictures of Butterfly Fish: The Copperband Butterfly Fish and Yellow Butterfly Fishes are not commonly seen in the Gulf of Siam. The Thailand fish families section has further information. Check out other marine life found in the shallow waters around the coral islands.

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