Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Perciformes > Chaetodontidae > Chaetodon > Chaetodon capistratus

Chaetodon capistratus (School mistress; Kete; Four-eyed butteflyfish; Four-eye butterflyfish; Foureye butterflyfish; Four eye butterflyfish; Butterfly; Butterbun)

Synonyms: Chaetodon bricei
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Wikipedia Abstract

The foureye butterflyfish (Chaetodon capistratus) is a butterflyfish (family Chaetodontidae). It is alternatively called the four-eyed 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).
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Water Biome [1]  Reef

Protected Areas

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Abudefduf saxatilis (Sergeant-major)1
Abudefduf taurus (Pilotfish)1
Pomacanthus arcuatus (Pot cover)1
Pomacanthus paru (French angelfish)1


Carcharhinus perezii (Caribbean reef shark)[2]
Cephalopholis cruentata (Grouper)[2]
Rhizoprionodon porosus (Snook shark)[2]


Parasitized by 
Haliotrema brevicirrus[2]
Hurleytrematoides chaetodoni[2]
Neobenedenia melleni[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


Antigua and Barbuda; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Caribbean Sea; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Discovery Bay; Gulf of Mexico; Jamaica; Martinique; Mexico; Netherlands Antilles; Nicaragua; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Puerto Rico; Saint Lucia; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Trinidad and Tobago; US Virgin Islands; USA (contiguous states); Venezuela; Virgin Islands (UK); Western Atlantic: Massachusetts, USA and Bermuda to West Indies and northern South America. Also Bahamas, Gulf of Mexico, and Antilles (Ref. 26938).;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Impact of coral predators on tropical reefs, Randi D. Rotjan, Sara M. Lewis, Mar Ecol Prog Ser 367: 73–91, 2008
4Food Habits of Reef Fishes of the West Indies, John E. Randall, Stud. Trop. Oceanogr. 5, 665–847 (1967)
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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