Filefish; Monacanthidae

Filefish are also known as Leatherjackets due to their tough skin. They are closely related to the Triggerfish but more laterally compressed and lacking the exciting behaviour patterns of a Titan!

Seagrass Filefish; Acreichthys tomentosus

We have a shaky identification here - are there any Filefish experts out there?

Unicorn Filefish; Aluterus monoceros

Our largest filefish, very rarely seen and never close-to.

Scrawled Filefish; Aluterus scriptus

A distinctive and attractive filefish, photographed mainly at depths greater than 10 m.

Bearded Filefish; Anacanthus barbatus

Looking more like a strip of brown weed, floating about in the sea.

Tasselled Filefish, Chaetodermis penicilligerus

First photographed in 2021 and rarely seen before then. It must be the camouflage!

Fan-bellied Filefish, Monacanthus chinensis

Found hanging about under piers, on wrecks, and wherever there is cover. Their subtle colouration and fearless attitude makes them great photo subjects...

Strapweed Filefish; Pseudomonocanthus macrurus

We thought that Monacanthus chinensis was this beast - Fishbase has put us right!