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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Chaetodon capistratus is found in the western waters of the tropical Atlantic. They only occur in shallow coral reefs in depths of 2 – 20 meters. They seek shelter at night in crevices hiding from predators such as moray eel and various sharks Florida Museum of Natural History, Social foraging groups of as many as 15 individuals have been observed where there were no consistent pairings.

Density of the adults in the reef may have caused capisstratus pairing to break down Colin, The “social chaetpdon 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 hypothesis was supported by the fact that pairs of fishes display laterally to each other while rejoining after being separated Meadows, Besides functioning as an identification feature, the ocelli also have anti-predator functions.

First, the bigger ocelli may deter predators from attacking because the big “eyes” suggests a bigger size. 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”. During that time of chaetovon, C.

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 the chaetodom perception on its positioning. And the butterfly is given time to escape while the predator tries to right itself Meadows, This seems to only apply to smaller C. The adaptation of vertical eyes in smaller fishes may be a response to higher predations on smaller fishes.

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Chaetodon capistratus is a browser capistfatus feeds on anthozoans preferring hexacoral such as scleractinians, anemones, and zoantharians Birkeland and Neudecker, They are reef fishes that not only rely on the corals for habitat but also food. Anthozoans are readily available on coral reefs therefore it’s not surprising that anthozoan tissue is their main diet.

They are considered active generalists because anthozoans have minimal nutritional value and in order to make up for that loss, C.

Having a mixing diet provides essential nutrients or a balanced diet for assimilation efficiency or both Birkeland and Neudecker, Chaetodon capistratus are harvested for the aquarium trade. Their small size and attractiveness is ideal for an aquarium fish.

This species is not listed on any of the hot lists. It is the most common of the butterflyfish in the West Indies.

Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria. Coral reefs are found in warm, shallow oceans with low nutrient availability. They form the basis for rich communities of other invertebrates, plants, fish, and protists.

The polyps live only on the reef surface. Because they depend on symbiotic photosynthetic algae, zooxanthellae, they cannot live where light does not penetrate. Foraging behavior of two Caribbean Chaetodontids: Chaetodon capistratus and C.

Aspects of the spawning of western Atlantic butterflyfishes Pisces: Environmental Biology of Fishes Florida Museum of Natural History, Accessed April 30, at http: Morphological variation in eye-spots of the foureye butterflyfish Chaetodon capistratus: Implications for eyespot function.

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Chaetodon capistratus Isabelita Also: Katy; Parche; Parche ocelado Facebook. Geographic Range Chaetodon capistratus is found in the western waters of the tropical Atlantic. Habitat They only occur in shallow coral reefs in depths of 2 chaegodon 20 meters. Aquatic Cuaetodon 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. 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, Economic Capiztratus for Humans: Positive Chaetodon capistratus are harvested for the aquarium trade.

Conservation Status This species is not listed on any of the hot lists. Glossary bilateral symmetry having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. Connect with us Help us improve the site by taking our survey. Classification Kingdom Animalia animals Animalia: The ADW Team gratefully acknowledges their support.