Scrawled filefish

Scrawled filefish
Scrawled filefish
Monacanthidae (Filefishes)
Aluterus scriptus
0 to 60 ft
Body color varies from bluish gray to olive brown. The body and head are patterned with short bright blue lines and small black dots. The body is slender and the snout is long and slightly upturned giving the head a concave profile. The tail is long, rounded and broom-like. The scrawled filefish grows to a length of 3 feet (1 m).The scrawled filefish is found worldwide in tropical waters. It is common throughout the Caribbean. It inhabits coral reefs, where it swims slowly just above the reef in search of food. Its diet includes hydrozoans, algae, gorgonians, seagrass, sea anemones and tunicates. This fish has the ability to darken or pale rapidly.

Back to the Fish Finder