Blacklined Leatherjacket, Pervagor nigrolineatus (Herre 1927)

Other Names: Blacklined Filefish

A Blacklined Leatherjacket, Pervagor nigrolineatus, at Koror, Palau. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A dark brownish-green to greyish-green leatherjacket, with white stripe from the snout to the dorsal fin, and often a curved white band from the cheek to the midbody.

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Blacklined Leatherjacket, Pervagor nigrolineatus (Herre 1927)

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Recorded from Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef, Western Australia. found elsewhere in the tropical, west Pacific.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin I-II, 29-33; Anal fin 25-30; Pectoral fin 10-12.
Pelvic fin rudiment moderate in size, broadly attached to posterior margin of ventral flap. Midbody scales variable in size. Scale rugosities in males usually develop at about 50 mm SL. Varies considerably with respect to squamation, coloration, fin-ray counts and max. size across its range.

Species Citation

Stephanolepis nigrolineatus Herre, 1927, Philippine J. Sci. 32: 415. Type locality: Byngau, Sulu Province, Philippines.


Dianne J. Bray

Blacklined Leatherjacket, Pervagor nigrolineatus (Herre 1927)


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Allen, G.R. & Russell, B.C. 1986. Part VII Fishes. 79-103 in Berry, P.F. (ed.). Faunal Surveys of the Rowley Shoals, Scott Reef and Seringapatam Reef, northwestern Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 25: 1-106.

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CAAB Code:37465070

Depth:3-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm TL

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