Potbelly Leatherjacket, Pseudomonacanthus peroni (Hollard 1854)

Other Names: Brown-spotted Leather-jacket, Potbellied Leatherjacket, Pot-bellied Leatherjacket

A Potbelly Leatherjacket, Pseudomonacanthus peroni, at Bundaberg Artificial Reef, Queensland . Source: Dave Harasti / www.daveharasti.com. License: All rights reserved

A pale brown to greenish brown leatherjacket peppered in darker spots and blotches that become relatively smaller and more numerous with growth. As the common name suggests, the Potbelly Leatherjacket has a large flap on the underside that can be extended ventrally. Males have a row of two to three enlarged spines on the lower half of the caudal peduncle.

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Potbelly Leatherjacket, Pseudomonacanthus peroni (Hollard 1854)

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Recorded in Australia from about Shark Bay, WA, to Julian Rocks, NSW. Inhabits trawl grounds and rocky reefs. Also occurs in Papua New Guinea.


Dianne J. Bray

Potbelly Leatherjacket, Pseudomonacanthus peroni (Hollard 1854)


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

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. 501 pp.

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

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CAAB Code:37465020

Depth:15–114 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:40 cm TL

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