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Butterflyfish are a family of tropical marine animals that have adapted to life in and around coral reefs.
Butterfly fish are one of the most common types of coral reef fish in the world.
It is very well adapted to life in the narrow confines of vast coral reef systems, although a few species also inhabit seagrass beds, lagoons and mud flats.
The highest density of the species is found in the Pacific region between Australia and Taiwan.
Only four species occur in the eastern Pacific Ocean and 13 in the Atlantic Ocean.
Their preferred habitat is shallow warm water less than 65 feet deep near the coast or estuaries, but a few species live in water habitats as deep as 650 feet.
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