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Foureye Butterflyfish

Sometimes even the smaller things down there can amaze you once youv'e found out about them.....Like the Foureye Butterflyfish. Did  you know that The species gets its common name from a large dark spot on the rear portion of each side of the body. This spot is surrounded by a brilliant white ring, resembling an eye. A black vertical bar on the head runs through the true eye, making it hard to see.

This pattern may result in a predator confusing the back end of the fish for the front end. The Four-eyed Butterflyfish's first instinct when threatened is to flee, putting the false eye spot closer to the predator than the head. Most predators aim for the eyes, and this false eye spot tricks the predator into believing that the fish will flee tail first.

Shot taken by Ian at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

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