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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Key Behaviors natatorial motile Communication 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, It is alternatively chaetodoon the four-eyed butterflyfish. The ventral fins are yellow. Sexual maturity is reached at approximately 3.

Articles with ‘species’ microformats. By using this site, you agree to the Capistratue of Use and Privacy Policy. 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, This may serve to intimidate the other animal or may remind the predator that the butterflyfish is much too spiny to make a comfortable meal.

This may serve to intimidate the other animal or may remind the predator that chaeotdon butterfly is much too spiny to capistdatus. They only occur in shallow coral reefs in depths of 2 – 20 meters. During that time of confusion, C. Foureye butterflyfish are deep-bodied and laterally compressed, with a single dorsal fin and a small mouth with tiny, bristle like teeth.

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Inhabit shallow reefs and generally occurs singly or in pairs. It is the most common of the butterflyfish in the West Indies. These pairs can be long lasting, suggesting that a monogamous relationship dhaetodon exist between the pair members. The larvae, called tholichthys, are characteristic only of the butterflyfish family. This hypothesis was supported by the fact that pairs of fishes display laterally to each other while rejoining after being separated Meadows, Actual spawning takes place at dusk.

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This is one of the few fish that seems to mate for life. Taxonomy The foureye butterflyfish was first described by Linnaeus inwho named it Chaetodon captistratus. This fish is known for its uncanny ability to swim in and around coral heads and reefs. They seek shelter at night in crevices hiding from predators such as moray eel and various sharks Florida Museum of Natural History, Accessed Capitratus 30, at http: Chaetodon capistratus is found in the western waters of the tropical Atlantic.

The species gets its common name from a large dark spot on the rear portion of each side of the body. Glossary bilateral symmetry having body chaetkdon such that the chsetodon can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves.

Chaetodon capistratus foureye butterflyfish image from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Feed mainly on zoantharians, polychaete worms, gorgonians and tunicates. This may result in a predator confusing the rear end of the fish for the front end. Conservation Status This species is not listed on any of the hot lists. The adult foureye has a white body marked with numerous dark, thin lines that radiate diagonally from the mid body to the top chaetodpn the bottom of the fish.

First, the bigger ocelli may deter predators from attacking because the big “eyes” suggests a bigger size. This page was last edited on 2 Maychaetodonn Three species of Butterflyfish.

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Foureye butterflyfish – Wikipedia

Predators may mistake the back end of the fish as the front end since they prefer to aim for the eyes and when the fishes flee, the predator is presented with the big “eyes”. Chaetodon capistratus Isabelita Also: They are considered active generalists because anthozoans have minimal nutritional capisteatus and in order to make up for that loss, C. Foureye butterflyfish usually frequent shallow inshore waters, where they feed on a variety of invertebratesmainly zoantharianspolychaete worms, gorgonians and tunicates.

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Foureye butterflyfish

The IUCN is a global union of states, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations in a partnership that assesses the cahetodon status of species. There are prominent spines on the dorsal and anal fins. Chaetodon ocellatus, bottom right: The female releases from to eggs a night. This spot acts as a false eye. Reproduction Male and female foureye butterflies form pairs early in life. Another synonym is Sarothrodus capistratus Poey This life stage is very distinctive: A black vertical bar on the head runs through the true eye, making it hard to see.

Aquatic Biomes reef Physical Description Other Physical Features bilateral symmetry Behavior Social foraging groups of as many as 15 individuals have been observed where there were no consistent pairings. This pattern may result in a predator confusing the back end of the fish for the front capistatus.

Size, Age, and Growth Adults may reach 6 inches 15 cm in length, but are more common at lengths of less than 4 inches 10 cm.