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Lakshadweep- Butterfly Fish

Butterfly Fish

Common Name: Butterfly Fish

Local Name: None specifically, commonly referred to as Butterfly Fish

Scientific Name: Chaetodon species


Butterfly Fish are small, brightly colored reef fish with distinctive patterns, often featuring bold stripes, spots, and vibrant colors such as yellow, white, blue, and black. They have a laterally compressed body shape and a pointed snout, which is adapted for feeding on coral polyps, algae, and small invertebrates. Butterfly Fish are known for their intricate and diverse patterns, which can vary significantly between species. They typically reach lengths of 12 to 22 cm.


Butterfly Fish are found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world. In India, they are predominantly found in the coral reefs of the Lakshadweep Islands, where they inhabit the shallow, warm waters of the Indian Ocean. These fish are usually found in pairs or small groups, and they are a common sight in healthy coral reef ecosystems.


Coral Reef Degradation: Destruction and bleaching of coral reefs due to climate change, ocean acidification, and human activities significantly threaten the habitat of Butterfly Fish.

Overfishing: Overfishing and unsustainable fishing practices can deplete Butterfly Fish populations and their prey.

Pollution: Pollution from agricultural runoff, sewage, and marine debris can degrade coral reef habitats and harm Butterfly Fish.

Climate Change: Rising sea temperatures and changing ocean conditions can lead to coral bleaching and loss of habitat for Butterfly Fish.

Tourism: Unregulated tourism activities, including snorkeling and scuba diving, can damage coral reefs and disturb marine life.

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