Chaetodontidae


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Chaetodontidae

[‚kēd·ō′dän·tə‚dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
The butterflyfishes, a family of perciform fishes in the suborder Percoidei.
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Chaetodontidae

 

a family of fishes of the order Perciformes. The tall, laterally compressed body usually reaches a length of 25 cm. The coloration is a bright mottling. The fishes are solitary. They are not good long-distance swimmers but when pursued by predators easily find a hiding place in the cavities or crevices of reefs. The fishes inhabit shallows of the world ocean and are most numerous in the tropics, where they invariably appear around coral reefs. There are about 150 species. Best known are the butterfly fishes and angelfishes (the latter are often assigned to the separate family Pomacanthidae).

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Zhizn’ zhivotnykh, vol. 4, part 1. Moscow, 1971.
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This, to our knowledge, is the first report of cleaning behavior by this species; the nature of its cleaning also appears to be unique within the Chaetodontidae.
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