Freshwater butterflyfish

Freshwater butterfly fish are small, no more than 13 centimetres in length, with very large pectoral fins.

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The Freshwater butterflyfish lives in the pelagic, potamodromous, freshwater environment.

The freshwater butterflyfish or African butterflyfish, Pantodon buchholzi, is the only species in the family Pantodontidae within the Order Osteoglossiformes. It is not closely related to saltwater butterflyfishes. More

Freshwater Butterflyfish, was described by Peters in 1876. They are found in West Africa, Nigeria, Cameroons, Zaire. Status: The species is not listed on the IUCN Red List. More

FRESHWATER BUTTERFLYFISH (Pantodon buchholzi): SPECIES ACCOUNT - Physical characteristics: Freshwater butterflyfishes (also called but-terflyfishes) are called that because their large pectoral (PECK-ter-uhl)fins, the front set of paired fins, look like the wings of a butterfly. More

The freshwater butterflyfish is a specialized surface hunter. Its eyes are constantly trained to the surface and its upturned mouth is specifically adapted to capture small prey along the water's surface. More

African or Freshwater Butterflyfish, Pantodon buchholzi, Peters 1877. A great favorite, and fabulous jumper... To four inches in length. Feeds on live crustaceans, insects and fishes. More

freshwater Butterflyfish, Pantodon buchholzi. There is a strong relationship to the Arowanas, Osteoglossidae, as a close comparative look at the head structures will reveal. See Silver Arowana. More

confused with the freshwater butterflyfish of the family Pantodontidae. See more at More

not be confused with the freshwater butterflyfish of the family Pantodontidae. Butterflyfish are named for their brightly coloured and strikingly patterned bodies in shades of black, white, blue, red, orange and yellow (though some species are dull in colour). More

Butterfly Fish, Freshwater Butterflyfish, African Butterflyfish Synonyms Pantodon buccholzi, Pantodon buchholzi macrolepis, Pantodon buchholzi schizonotus, Pantodon bucholzi Sexing - More

The freshwater butterflyfish are in family Pantodontidae. More

Common names

African butterflyfish in English
Afrikansk fjärilsfisk in Swedish (Svenska)
Akwadmakode in Ijo
Borboleta-africano in Portuguese (Português)
Butterfly fish in English
Butterflyfish in English
Eleyan in Yoruba (Yorùbá)
freshwater butterfly fish in English
Freshwater butterflyfish in English
Gėlavandeniai drugeliai in Lithuanian (lietuvių kalba)
Idaumakoti in Ijo
Ihandjoli in Other
Isa konga in Other
Isala kanga in Other
Kakan kifi in Hausa (‫هَوُسَ)
Kanyoninfii in Other
Lapooti in Yoruba (Yorùbá)
Lifululu in Other
Motýlková ryba in Czech (česky)
Motýlkovec africký in Czech (česky)
Motylowiec in Polish (polski)
Ndako-nnakonyika in Nupe
Ndako-nnkonyika in Unknown
Nyoninfii in Other
Oloyan in Yoruba (Yorùbá)
Pantodon buchholzi in Spanish (español)
Peix papallona africà in Catalan (Català)
Perhoskala in Finnish (suomen kieli)
Pillangóhal in Hungarian (Magyar)
Poisson papillon in French (français)
Poisson volant in French (français)
Ryba motýlek in Czech (česky)
Schmetterlingsfisch in German (Deutsch)
Sommerfuglefisk in Danish (dansk)
Vlindervis in Dutch (Nederlands)
バタフライフィッシュ in Japanese (日本語)
齒蝶魚 in Mandarin Chinese
齿蝶鱼 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Osteoglossiformes
Family : Pantodontidae
Genus : Pantodon
Species : Pantodon buchholzi
Authority : Peters, 1876