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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The foureye butterflyfish Chaetodon capistratus is a butterflyfish family Chaetodontidae. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Adult foureye butterfly fish live primarily in pairs, while the young are usually solitary. Classification Kingdom Animalia animals Animalia: Geographical Distribution World distribution map for the four-eye butterflyfish The foureye butterflyfish is a very common butterflyfish in the tropical western Atlantic. Estimates of some properties based on models Preferred temperature Ref. Because they depend on symbiotic photosynthetic algae, zooxanthellae, they cannot live where light does not penetrate.


If an adult pair gets separated, a partner makes an effort to find and rejoin its partner. Butterfly and angelfishes of the world. The female releases from to eggs a night. Density of the adults in the reef may have caused the pairing to break down Colin, Coral reefs are found in warm, shallow oceans with low nutrient availability. Sometimes thousands of tholichthys settle all in the same night, making a smorgasbord for bottom dwelling organisms.

Chaetodon capistratus

It is the only butterfly species in the area with these converging lines along the side of the body. Like its relatives they mate for life and therefore they will often be seen in pairs.

They are reef fishes that not only rely on the corals for habitat but also food.

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Other potential functions of the eye spot exist. Narrow, dark, diagonal lines that meet at mid-side, forming series of forward-pointing chevrons Ref. This spot is surrounded by a brilliant white ring, resembling an eye.

Chaetodon capistratus – Discover Fishes

It is the most common of the butterflyfish in the West Indies. Views Read Edit View history.


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Vhaetodon larvae, called tholichthys, are characteristic only of the butterflyfish family. This subtropical fish inhabits shallow coral reefs and related inshore habitats such as sea grass beds, at depths of feet m.

This species is not listed on any of the hot lists. Positive Chaetodon capistratus are harvested for the aquarium trade. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. This page was last edited on 2 Mayat Feed mainly on zoantharians, polychaete worms, gorgonians and tunicates. They will chase each other all about the reef, and chase away any lone foureye that approaches them. Taxonomy The foureye butterflyfish was first described chaetpdon Linnaeus inwho named it Chaetodon captistratus.

Courtship between the two is prolonged and energetic.