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Foureye Butterflyfish Chaetodon capistratus


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Foureye Butterflyfish
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Family: Chaetodontidae, Butterflyfishes view all from this family

Description The Four-eyed Butterflyfish (Chaetodon capistratus) is a butterflyfish (family Chaetodontidae). It is alternatively called the Foureye Butterflyfish. This species is found in the Western Atlantic from Massachusetts, USA and Bermuda to the West Indies and northern South America.

Chaetodon capistratus is the type species of Chaetodon. If this genus is split up as some have proposed, it will retain its present name like its closest relatives, which include the Banded Butterflyfish (C. striatus) and the Spot-finned Butterflyfish (C. ocellatus).

Habitat Estuaries, tidal flats & salt marshes, Ocean or bay shallows, Tidepools.

Range New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Texas.