Orange Spotted Filefish
Cantherhines pullus
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
Co, R 14-20 Veg, Spo (Tun, Bry) I F
Not to be confused with a Pacific species with the same common name: Oxymonacanthus longirostris
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Orange Spotted Filefish
Orange Spotted Filefish
Dark brown, deep, laterally compressed body. Head with fine orange longitudinal lines. Body with pale longitudinal stripes overlaid by yellow-orange spots. There is a prominent
white spot on upper caudal peduncle. Tai rounded with radiating dark lines.  First dorsal spine originating above the center or front part of the eye and followed by a deep groove into which the spine can fold - the spine cannot be locked.

Found in shallow water and around coral and rocky reefs, down to 50 m. Usually remains near the bottom, hiding among gorgonians and branching corals. Feeds on bottom growth, primarily sponges and algae. The young are pelagic and form a highly important food item in the diet of larger predaceous fishes.
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Orange Spotted Filefish