butterflyfish

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Copperband butterflyfish, Chelmon rostratus, a coralfish.

Etymology[edit]

butterfly +‎ fish, from their bright colours.

Noun[edit]

butterflyfish (plural butterflyfishes or butterflyfish)

  1. Any of a group of conspicuous tropical marine fish of the family Chaetodontidae; the bannerfish and coralfish are also included in this group. Butterflyfish are fairly small, mostly from 12 to 22 cm (c.7-9 in) in length.

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