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Prickly Leather-jacket

Chaetodermis penicilligerus
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Conservation status :

Not evaluated

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  • Group
    Actinopterygii
    Vertebrates
  • Size
    30 centimetres
  • Distribution area

    This fish is common among sea grass and reefs between Indonesia and Northern Japan.

Behind
this character

Like all filefish, it has small scales with tiny prickles. Its laterally-compressed body makes it easy for it to slip through the labyrinth of a coral reef.

 

It feeds on algae, small invertebrates, coral and anemones.

 

During the breeding season, the male watches over the clutch, which the female places on a substrate. The prickly leather-jacket has ribbons of skin that allow it to blend in amongst floating algae.

« In olden days, local residents used the rough skin of filefish as sandpaper. »

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