FILEFISH
MONACANTHIDAE
Slender Filefish
Monacanthus tuckeri
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
S, R , Dem 10 Veg, Cru I F
 
 
Slender Filefish
Description:
Variable shades of green, brown to red-brown,  may have a dark stripe extending back from eye. Sometimes with a network of white lines or spots on body.
Long, slightly upturned snout. Deep keel/ dewlap on anterior underside. Distinctive orange border with inner dark line along  keel. May have fleshy protuberences on body.

Antigua Locality:
All specimens seen by this project to date have a distinctive white/ pale line running along the dorsum, no matter what the colour phase.

Ecology
This demersal species occurs over shallow, sand and rocky bottoms and commonly in seagrass beds. Young are often associated with floating Sargassum. It feeds on plants, algae, and small crustaceans. Found from <1 to 50m (<3-150 ft).
Slender Filefish
Slender Filefish
(C) Nick Hobgood
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