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butterfly fish,

common name for certain members of the Chaetodontidae, a family of reef-dwelling tropical fishes with compressed bodies and small mouths and teeth. Butterfly fish are carnivorous, feeding on crabs, barnacles, and other invertebrates. The fast and aggressive common butterfly fish, 5 to 8 in. (12.5–20 cm) long, is marked by dark lines through the eyes and near the tail. The angelfishesangelfish,
common name for certain members of the Pomacanthidae, a family of brightly colored reef-dwelling tropical fishes with compressed bodies and small mouths and teeth.
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 were formerly classified with the butterfly fishes but are now treated as a separate family. The butterfly fishes are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Perciformes, family Chaetodontidae.
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Global connect Majors and the other eight volunteers, including Omani, German, Japanese, Hungarian and British nationals, each of whom paid to be a part of the expedition, spent the first couple of days being trained as reef checkers, which included learning what "indicator species" to look for, including fish such as Snapper, Butterfly fish, Sweetlips, Grouper, Parrot fish, Moray eels and several others, and invertebrates like urchins, clams and lobsters.
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.
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