FILEFISH
MONACANTHIDAE
White Spotted Filefish
Cantherhines macrocerus
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
Dem, Co, R to 45 Veg, Spo, Gor (Tun, Bry) Pr F
 
 
Not to be confused with a Pacific species with the same common name: Cantherhines dumerilii
N.B:
Harlequin Filefish
Long Nose Filefish
Synonyms:
White Spotted Filefish
White Spotted Filefish
White Spotted Filefish
Juvenile
White Spotted Filefish
Description:
Adult: Body deep and laterally flattened, with a
noticeable belly appendage. Long pointed snout with a small, terminal mouth. Upper body in shades of gray to olive to brown, with brown to orange below. Dorsal and anal fins are translucent yellow, but tail is distinctively dark.  Base of tail with orange spines, larger in males than in females.
There are 2 colour phaes, an orange one and one with a darker background and many light colored spots.
Juvenile:
Black with many whitish spots.

Ecology
Found in shallow water and around coral and rocky reefs, at depths of 3 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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White Spotted Filefish
Darker with white spots