Strapweed Filefish (Pseudomonacanthus macrurus)

Also known as Leatherjacket, Small-spotted Filefish, Small-spotted Leatherjacket, Spotted Filefish, Spotted Leatherjacket, Strapweed Leatherjacket

Description

Also known as Leatherjacket, Small-spotted Filefish, Small-spotted Leatherjacket, Spotted Filefish, Spotted Leatherjacket, Strapweed Leatherjacket.

Found singly or in pairs over shallow estuaries and coastal reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed on benthic invertebrates and seaweeds.
Length - 18cm
Depth - 1-10m
Widespread Indo-West 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. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/10598

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 Strapweed Filefish. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Strapweed Filefish  (Juvenile)

Strapweed Filefish (Juvenile)

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