Spectacled Leatherjacket, Cantherhines fronticinctus (Günther 1866)


Other Names: Spectacled Filefish

A Spectacled Leatherjacket, Cantherhines fronticinctus, at North Stradbroke Island, Queensland. Source: Ian V. Shaw / Reef Life Survey. License: CC BY Attribution

Summary:

A mottled pale greyish to yellowish-brown leatherjacket with white bar on the caudal peduncle, rows of dark blotches that may form indisctinct stripes along the side, a dark patch on the body at the top rear of the pectoral fin, a dark mask between the eyes, and an iridescent blue ring around the eye.


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Bray, D.J. 2016, Cantherhines fronticinctus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 16 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/797

Spectacled Leatherjacket, Cantherhines fronticinctus (Günther 1866)

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Distribution

Shark Bay to the North West Shelf, Western Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to off Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, with juveniles south to at least Shellharbour; also Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific, from East Africa across to Indonesia and Australia, north to southern Japan and eastwards to Tonga.
Inhabits harbours and seaward reefs, usually near shelter in areas with rich coral and invertebrate growth.

Features

Dorsal-fin soft rays 33–36; Anal-fin soft rays 31 or 32; Pectoral-fin rays 12–14 (usually 13); Gill rakers 29–37.

Size

to 18.5 cm SL.

Colour

Body overall pale greyish-brown with 5 indistinct brown lines comprised of blotches converging on tail base. Tail base encircled with a pale bar followed by a dark brown band; pectoral fin with a large dark brown blotch below tip, a broad dark band above front of eye; eye encircled by an iridescent blue line; caudal fin pale yellowish-orange with a broad dark brown border.

Feeding

Feeds on benthic invertebrates.

Species Citation

Monacanthus fronticinctus Günther in Playfair & Günther 1866, Fish. Zanzibar: 136, pl. 19, fig. 2. Type locality: Zanzibar.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2016

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Spectacled Leatherjacket, Cantherhines fronticinctus (Günther 1866)

References


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls.

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. 

Francis, M. 1993. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science 47(2): 136-170 figs 1-2 

Günther, A. in Playfair, R.L. & Günther, A. 1866. The Fishes of Zanzibar. London : John van Voorst 146 pp. 21 pls. 

Hutchins, J.B. 1994. A survey of the nearshore reef fish fauna of Western Australia's west and south coasts — The Leeuwin Province. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 46: 1-66 figs 1-6

Hutchins, J.B. 2001. Biodiversity of shallow reef fish assemblages in Western Australia using a rapid censusing technique. Records of the Western Australian Museum 20: 247-270.

Hutchins, J.B. 2001. Monacanthidae. pp. 3929-3947 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds) The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218. 

Hutchins, J.B. & Randall, J.E. 1982. Cantherhines longicaudus, a new filefish from Oceania, with a review of the species of the C. fronticinctus complex. Pacific Science 36(2): 175-185.

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3) 

Matsuura, K. 1981. Record of a filefish, Cantherhines fronticinctus, from Honshu, Japan. Mem. Natl Sci. Mus 14: 167-171.

Matsuura, K. 2015. Taxonomy and systematics of tetraodontiform fishes: a review focusing primarily on progress in the period from 1980 to 2014. Ichthyology Research 62: 72-113.

Matsuura, K. & Motomura, H. 2016. Cantherhines fronticinctus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T70010111A70011774. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T70010111A70011774.en. Downloaded on 14 January 2017.

Randall, J.E. 1964. A revision of the filefish genera Amanses and Cantherhines. Copeia 1964(2): 331-361 figs 1-18

Randall, J.E. 2011. Review of the circumtropical monacanthid fish genus Cantherhines, with descriptions of two new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes 40: 1-30.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Swainston, R. 2011. Swainston's Fishes of Australia: The complete illustrated guide. Camberwell, Victoria : Penguin Australia 836 pp.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37465041

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-42 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:25 cm TL

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