View the slideshow to see identification of Fiji’s Butterflyfish species. The Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count 2008 […]
Some Butterflyfish only eat the tentacles of the actual coral animals, and so are totally dependant on good coral health.
Others are less choosy and may feed on other small animals or algae around the reef, or even out in the deeper water.
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.