Butterflyfish depend on living coral for shelter and food.
Many species feed directly on living coral polyps, and others on the tiny invertebrates around the corals, or on the tube feet or tentacles of larger invertebrates such as Sea Cucumbers, Starfish, Sea Anemones or Jellyfish.
Most are active during the day, and have a limited home-range of reef.
Many will actively defend their territory and drive away other coral feeding fishes such as other butterflyfish, damselfish and wrasse.
At night Butterflyfish hide in the reef crevices and spend the night motionless.
For more Butterflyfish information:
A Guide to Angelfishes and Butterflyfishes
Author: Gerald R Allen, Roger Steene, Mark Allen.
Author: Terrence M. Gosliner, David W. Behrens
Josh Jensen and Liz Harlin
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