Image of Chaetodon capistratus (Foureye butterflyfish). Chaetodon capistratus Etymology: Chaetodon: Greek, chaite = hair + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. Chaetodon capistratus is found in the western waters of the tropical Atlantic. Its latitudinal ranges are along the North and South American coasts, stretching from . UWI. The Online Guide to the Animals of Trinidad and Tobago. Ecology. Chaetodon capistratus (Four-eye Butterflyfish). Family: Chaetodontidae ( Butterflyfish).

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This page was last edited on 2 Mayat Chaetodon capistratus is found in the western waters of the tropical Atlantic.

Chaetodon capistratus

Conservation Status This capisstratus is not listed on any of the hot lists. They are able to find their way through the most intricate passages by swimming on its side or even upside down.

Accessed December 31, at https: Key Behaviors natatorial motile Vapistratus and Perception Perception Channels tactile chemical Food Habits Chaetodon capistratus is a browser who feeds on anthozoans preferring hexacoral such as scleractinians, anemones, and zoantharians Birkeland and Neudecker, A black, vertical bar on the head runs down the true eye, making it less visible.

Habitat This subtropical fish inhabits shallow coral reefs and related inshore habitats such as sea grass beds, at depths of feet m.

It is the most common of the butterflyfish in the West Indies. Another synonym is Sarothrodus capistratus Poey Monogamous mating is observed as obligate, genetic and social Ref.

Amyloodinium ocellatum / Chaetodon capistratus

Chaetodon capistratus is the type species of Chaetodon. Foraging behavior of two Caribbean Chaetodontids: They will chase each other all about the reef, and chase away any lone foureye that approaches them. Four-eyed butterflyfish Conservation status. Chaetodon sedentarius, bottom left: The bristle-like teeth, arranged in narrow capistrratus in the jaws, are useful for scraping and nipping attached invertebrates, mainly zoantharians, polychaete worms, gorgonians and tunicates, that make up its diet.


The foureye butterflyfish was first described by Linnaeus inwho named it Chaetodon captistratus.

The foureye butterflyfish’s first instinct when threatened is to flee, putting the false eye spot closer to the predator than the head. There are prominent spines on the dorsal and anal fins.

This may result in chsetodon predator confusing the rear end of the fish for the front end.

Narrow, dark, diagonal lines that meet at mid-side, forming series of forward-pointing chevrons Ref. This seems to only apply to smaller C.

Chaetodon capistratus, Foureye butterflyfish : aquarium

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The foureye butterflyfish Chaetodon capistratus is a butterflyfish family Chaetodontidae. The ventral fins are yellow. Views Read Edit View history. Adult foureye butterfly capsitratus live primarily in pairs, while the young are usually solitary. The “social communication hypothesis” proposes that ocelli should be variable among individuals in which the variability would serve as differences that can be used to recognized individuals Meadows, If the two fish get separated, one partner will swim upward for a better view in an effort to rejoin the other partner.


They seek shelter at night in crevices hiding from predators such as moray eel and various sharks Florida Museum of Natural History, Morphological variation in eye-spots of the foureye butterflyfish Chaetodon capistratus: Large black spot surrounded by a white ring on body below rear of dorsal fin. Sometimes thousands of tholichthys settle all in the same night, making a smorgasbord for bottom dwelling organisms. Retrieved from ” https: Distinctive Features This is a compressed, discus-shaped fish with a concave forehead.

The body is light grey, sometimes with capistratuz yellowish hue, and dark forward-pointing chevrons. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Reproduction Male and female foureye butterflies form pairs early in life. Actual spawning takes place at dusk. Copeia”;; v, n1, Connect with chaetoron Help us improve the site by taking our survey. Help us improve the site by taking our survey.

It is alternatively called the four-eyed butterflyfish. Chaetodon capistratus and C. Transformation is so rapid that by the morning the tholichthys larvae already resemble the juvenile stage in respect to color. Chaetodon capistratus foureye butterflyfish image from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Chaetodon ocellatus, bottom right: Habitat They only occur in shallow coral reefs in depths of 2 – 20 meters. A black vertical bar on the head runs through the true eye, making it hard to see.

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