Fringed Filefish (Juvenile) (Monacanthus ciliatus)

Also known as Cucold, Fan-bellied Leatherjacket, Leafy Filefish, Leatherfish, Leatherjacket, Tasseled Filefish

Description

Also known as Cucold, Fan-bellied Leatherjacket, Leafy Filefish, Leatherfish, Leatherjacket, Tasseled Filefish.

Found over rock, sandy areas and in seagrass beds in shallow to deep waters of reefs, Often found head down amongst seagrass blades.
They feed on algae, small crustaceans and plants.
Juveniles found with Sargassum rafts.
Colour varies, can change colour, darken or lighten to blend in with surroundings.
Length - 20cm
Depth - 1-50m
Widespread Eastern Atlantic, Western Atlantic, Caribbean

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: https://www.fishbase.in/summary/4280

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Fringed Filefish (Juvenile). Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Fringed Filefish

Fringed Filefish

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