Also known as Strapweed Leatherjacket, Small-spotted Filefish and Small-spotted Leatherjacket.
Found singly in weed or seagrass beds on reef flats and in lagoons.
They feed on invertebrates and algae.
Length - 24cm
Depth - 1-10m
Widespread Asian Pacific
Filefish can alter their colour and pattern to match their surrounds and so deter predators.
Although closely related to the Triggerfish, their "trigger spine" cannot be locked into place.