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Prickly Leather-jacket

Chaetodermis penicilligerus
Conservation status :

Not evaluated

  • Group
  • Size
    30 centimetres
  • Distribution area

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

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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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