Butterflyfishes { 92 images } Created 8 Dec 2020

Butterflyfishes belong to the family Chaetodontidae and are one of the most common fish species inhabiting coral reefs around the world. Their disk-shaped bodies and broad range of colors and color patterns contrast with many reef creatures who choose to blend in with their environments.

Butterflyfishes mate for long-terms or possibly for life but provide no care for their young. These fish have a range of social behaviors from isolated individuals, to pairs to larger schools. Butterflyfishes are territorial and may stay 10 years or longer in a given territory. This behavior has led some scientists to believe that these fish may be able to provide early warning signals to deterioration in a given reef environment.
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