This is just one species of butterflyfish. Isn't it pretty?!
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The butterflyfish family is full of colorful fish. They range from 6 inches to a foot long. Butterflyfish live near corals because that is where they find food. These fish eat worms, algae and polyps, which are the insides of corals.
Butterflyfish are very pretty animals. Some are yellow, like the one in the picture. Others are blue with orange stripes. They make really good pets!
All butterflyfish have the same shape. They have long, oval bodies with a short snout at one end and a fan tail at the other.
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