The snout of the copperband butterfly fish probes for food in the crevices thanks to its tubular shape, bristle-like teeth.

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“Mouths tend to be adapted to suit the diet of their owners. The copperband butterfly fish (right) lives in coral reefs and has a long tubular snout for probing into nooks and crannies in the reef in search of food, armed with fine bristle-like teeth for delicately extracting small animals from the bottom of crevices.” (Foy and Oxford Scientific Films 1982:139)

The grand design: Form and colour in animalsBLA Publishing Limited for J.M.Dent & Sons Ltd, Aldine House, LondonOctober 1, 1983
Sally Foy

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Copperband ButterflyfishChelmon rostratusSpecies

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