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  Scribbled Leatherjacket (Aluterus scriptus)





Scribbled Leatherjacket | Aluterus scriptus photo
Scribbled Leatherjacket

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Scribbled Leatherjacket | Aluterus scriptus photo
Scrawled Filefish (Aluterus scriptus)

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Scribbled Leatherjacket | Aluterus scriptus photo
Scribbled Leatherjacket

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FISH FACTS

Description
The Scribbled Leatherjacket is olive brown, pale brown or grey with fine bright blue lines and spots. The head and body also have numerous small black spots amongst the blue lines. Juveniles are yellowish brown with dark spots. The body is elliptical and strongly laterally compressed. The snout is concave, and the tail is rounded.

Size
length to 1.1m. Weight to 2.5kg.

Habitat
The Scribbled Leatherjacket is found in lagoons and seaward reefs around coastal slopes and reef drop-offs. Usually found in water about 20m deep. Juveniles shelter in weed rafts in the open ocean.

Food
Feeds on algae, sea grass, hydrozoans, gorgonians, anemones

Range
Found in warmer waters around the world. In Australia it is found in tropical waters to the southern Great Barrier Reef.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Tetraodontiformes
Family:Monacanthidae
Genus:Aluterus
Species:scriptus
Common Name:Scribbled Leatherjacket

Relatives in same Genus
  Unicorn Leatherjacket (A. monoceros)