What is the purpose of colors on fish?



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    Colors on any animal draw attention.  For some animals, this is a very avoided characteristic, easily drawing predators.  However, for many species of fish, drawing potential mates is more important to survival than evading the eyes of predators.  Certain fish, such as those found in coral reefs, are distinctly and vividly colored to do just this.  There is also a theory stating that the bright colors and patterns on some fish may be a form of ‘disruptive camoflauge’ similar to a zebra’s stripes.  The bold patterns of fish next to strong surrounding patterns may confuse predators. 

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