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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Distinctive Features This is a compressed, discus-shaped fish with a concave forehead. Florida Museum of Natural Vapistratus, Chaetodon capistratus and C. The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students. They will chase each other all about the reef, and chase away any lone foureye that approaches them.
It is the most common of the butterflyfish in the West Indies.
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Marine; reef-associated; depth range 2 – 20 m Ref. Anthozoans are readily available on coral reefs therefore it’s not surprising that anthozoan tissue is their main diet. These pairs can be long lasting, suggesting that a monogamous relationship may exist between the pair members.
Katy; Parche; Parche ocelado Facebook. Monogamous mating is observed as obligate, genetic and social Ref. Entered by Froese, Rainer. These features suggest other possible functions of the eye spot including: Besides functioning capistratks an identification feature, the ocelli also have anti-predator functions.
It is alternatively called capiistratus four-eyed butterflyfish. Density of the adults in the reef may have caused the pairing to break down Colin, Chaetodon capistratus is a browser who feeds on anthozoans preferring hexacoral such as scleractinians, anemones, and zoantharians Birkeland and Neudecker, capistratu There are prominent spines on the dorsal and anal fins.
Upper profile of capistratys steep and slightly concave due to protruding snout; light gray, shading to pale yellowish on sides; a black bar on head; pelvic fins yellow Ref. Chaetodon capistratus is found in the western waters of the tropical Atlantic.
Chaetodon capistratus (Four-eye butterflyfish)
Also, predators are more successful when attacking perpendicular to their prey’s longitudinal axis and the vertical oval “eye” would throw off capistratis predator’s perception on its positioning. The female releases from to eggs a night.
Sometimes thousands of tholichthys settle all in the same night, making a smorgasbord for bottom dwelling organisms. And the butterfly is given time to escape while the predator tries to right itself Meadows, The foureye butterfly is a diurnal species, active during the day and sleeping at capistrwtus. Habitat They only occur in shallow coral reefs in depths of 2 – 20 meters.
The adaptation of vertical eyes in smaller fishes may be a response to higher predations on smaller fishes. Adult foureye butterfly fish live primarily in pairs, while the young are usually solitary.
Coloration The foureye gets its name from the large, dark spot on the rear portion of the body, surrounded by a brilliant white ring. Foureye butterflyfish Englishbutterbun Englishbutterfly Englishkaty Englishschool mistress Englishkete Englishmacamba Papiamentomacamba calaberde Papiamentomacamba marinier Papiamentomacamba ulandes Papiamentomarguerite Frenchmariposa Spanishparche Spanishparche ocelado Spanish.
In addition to moray eels and sharks, foureye butterflyfishes are consumed by a variety of other large fish. Chaetodon Chaetodon capistratus Linnaeus Juveniles are more commonly found in seagrass beds. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Foureye butterflyfish are deep-bodied and laterally compressed, with a single dorsal fin and a small mouth with tiny, bristle like teeth.
Three species of Butterflyfish. Morphological variation in eyespots of the foureye butterflyfish Chaetodon capistratus: The foureye butterflyfish was first described by Linnaeus inwho named it Chaetodon captistratus.
Amyloodinium ocellatum / Chaetodon capistratus
The species gets its common name from a large dark spot on the rear portion of each side of the body. Food Habits During the day it feeds on small invertebrates. High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months Preliminary K or Fecundity. The foureye butterflyfish’s first instinct when threatened is to flee, putting the false eye spot closer to the predator than the head.
Help us improve the site by taking our survey. Phylogenetic diversity index Ref. This may serve to intimidate the other animal or may remind the predator that the butterfly is much too spiny to consume. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. They are reef fishes that not only rely on the corals for habitat but also food.
This species is not listed on any of the hot lists. This is one of the few fish that seems to mate for life.
Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. Order — Perciformes Family — Chaetodontidae Genus — Chaetodon Species — capistratus Common Names Foureye butterflyfish Englishbutterbun Englishbutterfly Englishkaty Englishschool mistress Englishkete Englishmacamba Papiamentomacamba calaberde Papiamentomacamba marinier Papiamentomacamba ulandes Papiamentomarguerite Frenchmariposa Spanishparche Spanishparche ocelado Spanish.
This life stage is very distinctive: Foraging behavior of two Caribbean Chaetodontids: If an adult pair gets separated, a partner makes an effort to find and rejoin its partner.
Most predators aim for the eyes, and this false eye spot may in automimicry trick the predator into believing that the fish capstratus flee tail first.
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