Foureye Butterflyfish (Chaetodon capistratus)

Also known as Butterbun, Coralfish, Four-eyed Butterflyfish, School Mistress

Description

Also known as Butterbun, Coralfish, Four-eyed Butterflyfish, School Mistress.

Found singly or in pairs over shallow lagoons and seaward reefs rich in coral growth.
They feed on christmas-tree worms, gorgonians, tunicates and zoantharians.
Length - 15cm
Depth - 2-20m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean

Butterflyfishes have very fine hair like teeth that enable them to pick out small organisms inaccessible to most other fish for eating.
They thrive mainly on a diet of coral polyps, tentacles of featherdusters and Christmas-tree worms. As these food sources all zap back into their shells, butterflyfishes need to be able to hover motionless while picking at the coral and to dart swiftly over short distances to get the worm before it retracts. They do this by using their Pectoral fins as oars to brake, sprint, turn and even reverse. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Chaetodon-capistratus.html

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