Planehead Filefish (Stephanolepis hispidus)

Also known as Common Filefish, Cuckold, Leatherjacket, Triggerfish

Description

Also known as Common Filefish, Cuckold, Leatherjacket, Triggerfish.

Found singly or in pairs over rock, rubble, sand and seagrass bottoms of reefs in shallow to very deep waters.
They feed on benthic invertebrates.
Length - 25cm
Depth - 0-290m
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/4281

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