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Common name: Scrawled Filefish

Scientific name: Aluterus scriptus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Osteichthyes

Order: Tetraodontiformes

Family: Monacanthidae

Genus: Aluterus

Species: A. scriptus


Scrawled Filefish is yellow with brown spots scattered all over its body, and around its body is blue lines. It can grow 1.1 meters long. It doesn't get very fat. It is a slender fish and has an oval shaped mouth. It has an eye located on each side of its head. The fish’s eyes are all bugged out of its head. This type of fish has shorter fins. The scrawled filefish’s dorsal fin is a tiny fin. Scribble filefish is usually found on tropical reefs, reefs drop offs and marine water places. They also browse on sponges. The reef drop offs are usually about 20 meters deep.

The adult fish are usually found along coastal slopes or reef drop offs. The reason the population is not going down is because, these fish hide in reefs, which are same reefs that they look for food in. The reefs are good for that reason, because if they sense a predator coming they can hide quickly in the reefs. Next is the habitats and diet. They eat mostly algae and sea grass. That is mostly what they eat. They find food on the reefs or in small places in the sea where they live.

They compete for food with other fish that like the food on the reefs. Last but not least, what stood out about this fish is that it doesn't grow very big. They don't eat very much, and also how they look for food was interesting. Next, how they hide from predators is kind of weird. It’s not the biggest or the smallest in the sea.

Author: Kristy M

Published: 02/2009


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