Tasselled Leatherjacket, Chaetodermis penicilligerus (Cuvier 1816)

Other Names: Leafy Leatherjacket, Prickly Leatherjacket, Prickly Leather-jacket, Weedy Filefish, Weedy File-fish

A Tasselled Leatherjacket, Chaetodermis penicilligera, at The Pipeline, Port Stephens, New South Wales . Source: Dave Harasti / http://www.daveharasti.com/. License: All rights reserved

An easily recognised leatherjacket covered in fleshy appendages. The body is overall light brown to sandy in colour with irregular dark lines, bluish spots and dashes, and usually two indistinct dark spots on the sides.
Video of a Tasselled leatherjacket at Bali, Indonesia

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Tasselled Leatherjacket, Chaetodermis penicilligerus (Cuvier 1816)

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Recorded in Australian waters from Busselton Jetty, Western Australia, around the north to Sydney, New South Wales. Elsewhere, widespread in coastal waters of the Indo-Pacific.


Dianne J. Bray

Tasselled Leatherjacket, Chaetodermis penicilligerus (Cuvier 1816)


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CAAB Code:37465013

Depth:1-73 m

Habitat:Coastal reef, weedy areas

Max Size:31 cm TL

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