I looked up "Early Triassic" to get a sense of what that meant and I ended up on this image of marine life at the time. I noticed some disk shaped fish (#8 in the picture: Bobasatrania (durophagous actinopterygian)) that looked, to me, like Permit or a Sunny.
I wondered, what ecological niche are disk shaped fish exploiting? Why is this particular body type repeating itself 250 million years later?
EDIT per answers: I view them as same thing. I don't mean to suggest an animal can only exploit one niche, nor that a given niche can only be exploited by one animal. For example, birds with short, thick beaks like parrots eat seeds that are tough to crack. They give up the ability, perhaps, to get at some more delicate flower nectars. Brightly colored poisonous animals are easier to spot, but they are poisonous. So, over time, they are, as a specie, less likely to get eaten. What do disk shaped fish give up by being disk shaped, and what do they gain?