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Fish of the Reef
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     challenging words:    basslet, boxfish, frogfish, gobbles, goby, gunard, lionfish, manta, moray, strange-looking, tang, wrasse, rays, well-known, leopard, schools


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Fish of the Reef
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Caption: This is a lionfish.
 
2     There are fish in all the oceans. Some grow very large, like the whale shark. It is the largest fish in the world. Other fish swim in vast schools. If you want to see many different kinds of fish, go to a reef.
 
3     One well-known kind is the clown fish. It is orange with white patches. It lives in anemone [a-NEM-o-nee] tendrils. The anemone kills many fish, but not clown fish. The clown fish are safe with the anemone.
 
4     Many reef fish are known for their beauty. Butterfly fish come in many colors. So do the angel fish.
 
5     The blue tang can change color from light to dark blue. It is a kind of surgeon fish.
 
6     Some smaller fish are very pretty too. The fairy basslet is only about two inches long. The front half of the fish is purple. The back half of the fish is yellow.
 
7     The goby is about the same size. They like to keep watch for danger near the top of the coral.
 
8     There are also many strange-looking fish on a reef. One of these is the boxfish. They have wide, flat bottoms. Their sides meet at the top, to form a triangle. Their scales are thick and strong like iron plates.
 
9     The sea horse is a fish. They like to eat tiny crabs. The sea dragon is a kind of sea horse. It eats tiny crabs, too.

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