Our animals

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The crevices of the coral reef

The Ocean

Seahorse

Common octopus

Cuttlefish

Seadragons

The small mouths

The pier

Coral reef

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Mandarinfish

Mandarinfish

Scooter blenny

Scooter blenny

Picturesque dragonet

Picturesque dragonet

Jeweled rockskipper blenny

Jeweled rockskipper blenny

Blueband goby

Blueband goby

Persian blenny

Persian blenny

Fire goby

Fire goby

Copperband butterflyfish

Copperband butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Elegant firefish

Elegant firefish

Spotted surgeonfish

Spotted surgeonfish

Matted Filefish

Matted Filefish

Longnose hawkfish

Longnose hawkfish

Royal gramma

Royal gramma

Bluestripe pipefish

Bluestripe pipefish

Razorfish

Razorfish

Splendid garden eel

Splendid garden eel

Spotted garden eel

Spotted garden eel

Pacific Cleaner Shrimp

Pacific Cleaner Shrimp

Banded coral shrimp

Banded coral shrimp

Hingebeak shrimp

Hingebeak shrimp

Copperband butterflyfish

Copperband butterflyfish

Facts

LatinChelmon rostratus
Size20 cm
FoodSmall crustaceans, snails and worms
HabitatCoral and stone reefs
IUCN

Least concern

LocationThe Indian Ocean and Western Pacific
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Cheat the enemy

The copperband butterflyfish has a crucial pattern. The black eye patch close to the tail and the yellow stripe through the eye confuses the fish’s enemies, so they cannot tell the difference between its head and its tails, when they intend to attack.

Dinner is served

The long pout, which is a clear feature of the butterflyfish, is a special adaptation for finding food in cracks and crevices. It can also suck tubeworms out of their calcium tubes.

The gardener of the aquarium

Having copperband butterflyfish in tropical saltwater aquariums is an advantage. They eat and remove small sea anemones, which would otherwise burn the other fish with their tentacles.

Top quality

The copperband butterflyfish is extremely sensitive to the quality of the water, so it requires a great deal of effort on the part of our keepers to maintain the delicate conditions in the aquarium.

An abundance of life

It is amazing how all the fish on the coral reef can live in the same place, but all the species have adapted in different ways so as not to compete with one another.


Small fish

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