Modest Leatherjacket, Thamnaconus modestoides (Barnard 1927)

Other Names: Modest Filefish

A Modest Leatherjacket, Thamnaconus modestoides, south of Durban, South Africa, June 2014. Source: @rov_ryan / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

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Modest Leatherjacket, Thamnaconus modestoides (Barnard 1927)

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Houtman Abrolhos to off the Pilbara, Western Australia, and northeast of Cape Byron, to seamounts in the Tasman Sea east of Newcastle, New South Wales; also the Lord Howe Rise in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific.

Species Citation

Cantherines modestoides Barnard 1927, Annals and Magazine of Natural History 9 20(8): 78. Type locality: Algoa Bay.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Modest Leatherjacket, Thamnaconus modestoides (Barnard 1927)


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CAAB Code:37465038

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:32 cm TL

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