Yelloweye Filefish (Cantherhines dumerilii)

Also known as Barred Filefish, Barred Leatherjacket, Barred Yellow Filefish, Leatherjacket, Orangefin File, Orangefin Filefish, White-spotted Filefish, Yelloweye Leatherjacket

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Also known as Barred Filefish, Barred Leatherjacket, Barred Yellow Filefish, Leatherjacket, Orangefin File, Orangefin Filefish, White-spotted Filefish, Yelloweye Leatherjacket.

Found singly or in pairs, in caves and crevices of the reef, and over surface waters close to oceanic islands. Very shy and quickly hides when approached. (which is why the pictures are so bad!!)
They feed on algae, tips of branching corals, molluscs, sponges, and sea urchins.
Length - 35cm
Depth - 0-70m
Widespread Eastern Pacific, Indo-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/5836

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