The African Butterfly Fish is a freshwater fish that originates from various large bodies of water in West Africa. They are typically found in slow-moving or still water, which can be observed in their behavior when kept in a tank.
One of the unique features of this species is their ability to glide through the air, a skill facilitated by their large pectoral fins that resemble butterfly wings. These fins allow them to fan out in the air, maximizing their surface area and helping them stay airborne longer. This behavior is primarily used to evade predators in the wild.
Their body structure and hunting efficiency have remained unchanged for millions of years, making them a fascinating example of evolutionary stability.