There are more than 100 known species of butterflyfish.
As for the external characteristics of the butterfly fish, it is worth noting that the average body length of these fish is about 12-23 cm. However, some species, for example, black-legged butterflyfish, grow up to 30 cm.
This fish has a disk-shaped body, a solid dorsal fin and a rounded tail. In some species on the back and tail, spots in the form of eyes.
Most species of butterflyfish are very bright, with red and orange hues, spots on the body. However, there are also some species of these fish with a faint color.
The butterflyfish develop a kind of plate on the body for protection during the breeding season. These plates completely disappear when the fish become older.
One of the characteristics that distinguishes butterflyfish from a scalar is the fact that butterflies have an acute muzzle and an elongated nose.
Some species of butterflyfish travel in packs. Lonely floating fish is in search of a pair. When a fish finds a pair, they hunt, live and travel together for life.
One of the most interesting facts about butterflyfish is that their spawning occurs most often in the twilight. This is a natural mechanism used to improve the survival rate of fry.
Fish-butterflies are able to move quickly due to constant swings of the pectoral fins.
African butterflyfish is a freshwater fish, smaller in size than other butterflyfish.
African freshwater butterflyfish is introduced as a pet more often than a marine butterflyfish.
It should be noted that koi butterflies are completely different from marine butterflies.
Due to changes in the environment, coral reefs in the oceans are damaged. This leads to the fact that most species of butterflyfish are under threat of extinction.
Among all kinds of butterflies, golden butterflyfish is the most popular and the most desired. She has a bright yellow body and therefore they are also called yellow butterflies.