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Butterfishes and Relatives: Stromateoidei

Butterfishes And Their Relatives And People

Butterfishes and their relatives are caught and sold for food in some areas, especially Japan and Southeast Asia.


Young butterfish are more resistant to jellyfish poison than are other fishes. The butterfish hovers under the bell of the jellyfish but may swim in and out of the tentacles to snatch food. The butterfish also sometimes feeds on the tentacles and sex organs of the jellyfish. Sometimes the jellyfish eats the butterfish.


Butterfish are named for their melt-in-your-mouth flavor.

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Animal Life ResourceFish and Other Cold-Blooded VertebratesButterfishes and Relatives: Stromateoidei - Physical Characteristics, Butterfishes And Their Relatives And People, Butterfish (peprilus Triacanthus): Species Account - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, BEHAVIOR AND REPRODUCTION, CONSERVATION STATUS