Dotterel Filefish (Aluterus heudelotii)

Also known as Leatherjacket


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Also known as Leatherjacket.

Found singly or in pairs, over coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on benthic algae and weeds.
Length - 45cm
Depth - 3-2000m
Widespread Eastern Atlantic, Western Atlantic

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. Ref:


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