Life of Sea | Four Eye Butterflyfish (Chaetodon capistratus)| This butterflyfish is also called Mock Eye Butterflyfish. The name of this fish is taken from a black sphere with white edges or "false eye" on the back field at the base of the tail. This pattern will confuse predators because they feel would be afraid of the "false eye". The predators to see the "false eye". like a big fish, so they esaper. If the four eye butterflyfish can not escape predators, they are sometimes lowered his head and lift the spikes on his back fin like a bull that will be bumps and intimidating foes. The Foureye butterflyfish is a very common butterflyfish in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. It varies along the North and South American coasts from Massachusetts to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.
Species: C. (C.) capistratus
This fish lives in shallow tropical coral reefs and associated coastal habitats such as sea grass, at a depth of 6-65 feet (2-20m). Juveniles are often found in seagrass beds. The young people are often in very shallow areas, such as a grass bed or a shallow reef, and generally associated with a particular shelter, like a coral head or rock, where potential food sources such as algae and encrusting invertebrates can grow. Foureye butterflyfish adult fish live mostly in pairs, while the young usually solitary. As a mature couple gets divorced, one partner tries to find and return to his partner.
Four eye butterflyfish has a rather unique compared to other body butterflyfish. They are almost round with a small mouth and stiff as her teeth. The adult has a white body foureye marked with numerous dark, thin diagonal lines radiating from the center of the body at the top and bottom of the fish. It is the only butterfly species in the area of the converging lines along the side of the body. Adults may reach 6 inches (15 cm) in length, but are more common in a length of less than 4 inches (10 cm).
During the day, Four eye butterflyfishy feed on small invertebrates. Their small, projectile mouth makes them adept at crevice feeding, where part of the food likes to hide. The brush-like teeth, arranged in narrow bands in jaws, are useful for scaling and throttling attached invertebrates, mainly zoantharians, polychaete worms, gorgonians and tunicates, which are part of his diet. In the aquarium, you can feed chopped shrimp and chopped clams. You may give feed two or three times a day. Moray eels, sharks and other big fish are the predators of these fish.
The Four eye butterflyfish is harvested for the aquarium trade since its small size makes it an ideal and attractive aquarium fish, although its particular diet to eat a little difficult. The foureye is a shy fish and generally retreats when approached by a diver.