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

“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)

Last Updated August 18, 2016