This is a beautiful side view of a pair of spot-fin butterfly fish (Chaetyon ocellatus). Clearly named after the black spot on the tip of the dorsal fin, note that the Eye spot is camouflaged by the black stripe hat runs up and down along the body of the fish. It is thought that this coloration may confuse potential predators from knowing what is the front of the fish, making capture of the fish as prey more difficult! The large dorsal, anal and tail fin, when coupled with the very flat nature of the fish’s body create a large paddle surface and allow the fish to move quickly into the safety of the reef if threatened.

This is a beautiful side view of a pair of spot-fin butterfly fish (Chaetyon ocellatus). Clearly named after the black spot on the tip of the dorsal fin, note that the Eye spot is camouflaged by the black stripe hat runs up and down along the body of the fish. It is thought that this coloration may confuse potential predators from knowing what is the front of the fish, making capture of the fish as prey more difficult! The large dorsal, anal and tail fin, when coupled with the very flat nature of the fish’s body create a large paddle surface and allow the fish to move quickly into the safety of the reef if threatened.

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This diving photo was uploaded by WillieBT on 10/30/2011.

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