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Title : Butterfly Fish ‘May Face Extinction’ Date : Feb. 25 th , 2008 Author http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080225072629.htm   Summary : Chevroned butterfly fish, a particular species of fish that is wide-spread around the world is facing  extinction. This is due to the decline in numbers of a particular coral called the Acropora  hyacinthus, the only diet the butterfly fish feeds on. Scientists experimented with the butterfly  fish and found the fish would rather starve themselves than eat a mixed diet. However, A.  hyacintus is a highly vulnerable organism itself. Crown-of-thorns starfish, plagues, global warming  are all factors in causing the death of this particular coral. Although extremely widespread, the  Chevroned butterflyfish may be at considerable risk of extinction following ongoing degradation of  coral reefs around the world. Researchers consider that such extinctions are likely to occur as part 
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