Whitespotted filefish

Whitespotted filefish
Monacanthidae (Filefishes)
Cantherhines macrocerus
0 to 100+ ft
The body is brown to yellow-brown grading to orange on the belly and rear. Depending on the color phase, the body may be covered with numerous large, white, blotchy spots. The tail is always black. Adults have two to three pairs of orange spines on the base of the tail. The body shape is unusual due to an angular extension of the belly. The whitespotted filefish grows to a length of 18 inches (46 cm). The whitespotted filefish is found throughout the Caribbean but abundance varies. It is common in the Cayman Islands. It inhabits coral reefs, and is often seen in pairs. It feeds on sponges, algae, gorgonians and other soft invertebrates. It can change rapidly between its two color phases, one with large white spots and one without.

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