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From A Secret Voyage by Zahi Hawass and Sandro Vannini

Relief in the Temple of Hatshepsut, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty – Western Thebes, Deir el-Bahri - The ancient Egyptians liked to depict their expeditions to Punt in their scenes, including details such as the fish they saw in the Red Sea. This kind of fish is called butterfly fish; it is from the family of the Chaetontidae fish, which usually live in the reefs of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. The size of the butterfly fish is between 15–25 cm. There are around 120 varieties, similar in shape but some species differ in the form of the head and mouth.

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