Bristle-tail Leatherjacket, Acreichthys tomentosus (Linnaeus 1758)


Other Names: Banded Leather-jacket, Bristletail Filefish, Bristle-tail File-fish, Bristle-tailed Leatherjacket, Matted Leatherjacket

A Bristle-tail Leatherjacket, Acreichthys tomentosus, at Mactan, Cebu, Philippines. Source: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

Summary:
A green to brown leatherjacket with irregular darker green to brown blotching, usually with whitish bands or irregular stripes through the eye, on the midside and on the back. 
The Bristle-tail Leatherjacket has short skin flaps on the dorsal-fin spine, and scattered skin-flaps on the body and is very well-camouflaged. Males have an oblong patch of bristles on the caudal peduncle.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Acreichthys tomentosus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/791

Bristle-tail Leatherjacket, Acreichthys tomentosus (Linnaeus 1758)

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Distribution

Groote Eylandt, Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory, and the Torres Strait islands to Moreton Bay, Queensland; also Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific from Sri Lanka to New Caledonia and Japan.
Inhabits sheltered reefs, where it is commonly seen amongst seagrass in depths to 15 m.

Feeding

Feeds on benthic invertebrates such as small crustaceans, polychaete worms and molluscs.

Species Citation

Balistes tomentosus Linnaeus 1758, Systema Naturae, ed. X(1): 328. Type locality: America (in error).

Author

Bray, D.J. 2018

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Bristle-tail Leatherjacket, Acreichthys tomentosus (Linnaeus 1758)

References


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Gumanao, G.S., Bos, A.R. & Randall, J.E. 2018. The Seagrass Filefish, Acreichthys tomentosus (Linnaeus), a master of camouflage. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 30: 48-64. http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1287234

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Matsuura, K. 2014. Taxonomy and systematics of tetraodontiform fishes: a review focusing primarily on progress in the period from 1980 to 2014. Ichthyological Research 62(1): 72-113 DOI: 10.1007/s10228-014-0444-5 PDF available, open access.  

Matsuura, K. & Motomura, H. 2016. Acreichthys tomentosus. (errata version published in 2017) The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T69921254A115473596. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T69921254A70010065.en. Downloaded on 03 July 2017.  

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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37465042

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-15 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11.5 cm TL

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