Foureye Butterflyfish

Foureyes get their name from the large, dark spot on the rear portion of each side of the body. This spot is surrounded by a brilliant white ring resembling a false eye. A black, vertical bar on the head runs down the true eye, making it more nondescript and may result in a predator confusing the back end of the fish for the front end. Foureye Butterflyfish usually frequent shallow inshore waters where they are known for their uncanny ability to swim in and around coral heads and reefs. The fish is able to find its way through the most intricate passages by swimming on its side or even upside down.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Scubadorable
Dec 21, 2006
Scientific Name
Chaetodon capistratus
Also known as
Butterbun, Butterfly
Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, West Atlantic
3 inches
6 to 66 feet

International Names

German (Deutsch)
Danish (Dansk)
Firøjet Fanefisk
Spanish (Español)
French (Français)
Poisson-papillon à Quatre Yeux
Dutch (Nederlands)
Vierogige Koraalvlinder
Brazilian Portuguese (Português brasileiro)
Russian (русский язык)
рыба-бабочка четырехглазая

Cute Foureye Butterflyfish Gifts

Cute Cartoon Butterflyfish Dive Flag Postcard – This design shows our cute Scubadorable Foureye Butterflyfish in front of a dive flag. This will make a great gift for scuba divers and Butterflyfish lovers. View on Zazzle
Cute Foureye Butterflyfish T-Shirt – This Foureye Butterflyfish is too cute. These fish are found in the Western Atlantic from Massachusetts to northern South America. This is our totally cute Scubadorable... View on Zazzle