butterflyfish

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  • noun

Synonyms for butterflyfish

tropical fish with huge fanlike pectoral fins for underwater gliding

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These cichlids are unique in having a strongly laterally compressed discoidal shape, similar to the marine butterflyfishes of the genus Chaetodon.
For example, butterflyfishes and several species of angelfish--including gray, French, blue, queen, and rock beauty--are currently subject to minimum and maximum length restrictions.
This behavior is expressed especially well in tropical gobies (Gobiidae), wrasses (Labridae), and butterflyfishes (Chaetodontidae).