Orange-spotted Filefish (Cantherhines pullus)

Also known as Leatherjacket, Orangefleck Filefish, Orangespot Filefish, Orange-spotted File, Stoplight Filefish, Tail-light Filefish, Tobaccofish

Description

Also known as Leatherjacket, Orangefleck Filefish, Orangespot Filefish, Orange-spotted File, Stoplight Filefish, Tail-light Filefish, Tobaccofish.

Found singly in shallow waters close to the bottom hiding in branching corals and gorgonians over coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on algae, benthic invertebrates, sponges and tunicates.
Length - 20cm
Depth - 3-50m
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.se/summary/Cantherhines-pullus

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