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Longnose Butterfly - Caribbean


Longnose Butterfly - Caribbean
Prognathodes aculeatus
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Widespread West Indies and Caribbean region, north to Florida and south to Venezuela. Invertebrate rich reefs. Usually at moderate depths along drop-offs to 90 m depth, most common over 30m, but occasionally more shallow. Identified by its shape and colour. Length to 10cm.

The members of the family Chaetodontidae, popularly know as butterflyfishes, coralfishes and bannerfishes. Most species of butterflyfish live in the warm tropical seas of the Indo-Pacific (about 90%) with the remainder in the Atlantic. Only a few species are found in subtropical waters, bordering onto subtemperate zones. The butterflyfish have a highly compressed body in which the back is raised , forming an elongate-oval to near circular shape in some; a small protactible mouth with brush-like teeth in the jaws; a continuous dorsal fin with strong and sharp spines in the anterior section, followed by a large-surface soft part; an anal fin mirroring the soft part of the dorsal fin , headed by 3-5 strong spines, of which the 2nd is often greatly enlarged.

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