Honeycomb Leatherjacket, Cantherhines pardalis (Rüppell 1837)


Other Names: Brown Leather-jacket, Honeycomb Filefish, Honeycomb Leather-jacket, Indo-Pacific Leatherjacket, Leopard Leatherjacket, Leopard Leather-jacket, Wire-net Filefish, Wire-netting Leatherjacket

A Honeycomb Leatherjacket, Cantherhines pardalis, at Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Source: Rick Stuart-Smith / Reef Life Survey. License: CC BY Attribution

Summary:
A secretive bluish-grey leatherjacket with a dark "honeycomb"pattern on the body, bluish to purplish stripes on the head, and usually a small white patch on the top of the caudal peduncle just behind the dorsal fin. Some individuals are dark to pale brown with a paler pattern on the body and yellowish fins.

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Bray, D.J. 2016, Cantherhines pardalis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 20 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/798

Honeycomb Leatherjacket, Cantherhines pardalis (Rüppell 1837)

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Distribution

Jurien Bay to the Dampier Archipelago, and offshore reefs of Western Australia, Ashmore and Cartier Reefs, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to at least Jervis Bay, New South Wales; also reefs in the Coral Sea, Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean, and the Lord Howe Island region in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific from the Red Sea, and east and South Africa, eastward to to the Marquesas and Pitcairn islands, north to southern Japan.
Solitary individuals or pairs usually inhabit outer reef slopes in depths of 2-20 m. Juveniles may shelter amongst floating seaweeds.

Features

Best distinguished by small white patch on upper tail base. Colour can be altered, but usually grey with a dark honeycomb pattern on sides, other phases are dark brown and light brown with five vague dark stripes along body converging on tail base, similar to C. fronticinctus (Spectacled Leatherjacket). Shy, retreating rapidly to shelter when approached

Feeding

Carnivore - feeds on benthic invertebrates.

Species Citation

Monacanthus pardalis Rüppell 1837, Fische des Rothen Meeres 3: 57, pl. 15, fig. 3. Type locality: Tor, Red Sea.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2016

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Honeycomb Leatherjacket, Cantherhines pardalis (Rüppell 1837)

References


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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37465051

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:2-20 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:25 cm TL

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