English : American whitespotted filefish
French : Poisson-lime à taches blanches, bourse cabri
Class : Teleostei
Order : Tetraodontiformes
Family : Monacanthidae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Adults can reach 46 cm in length. Large filefish with concave forehead and laterally-compressed body. Coloration variable but usually dark olive-brown with white blotches. Male’s tail peduncle have orange markings. Yellow eye-contour.
Range and habitat
The species occurs in western Atlantic Ocean from Florida and Bermuda to Brazil. Also in eastern Atlantic around St Paul’s Rocks. Lives in shallow coral and rocky reef areas, down to 40 meters deep.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species is globally common within its fairly large range. It is not known to face any threats currently.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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