Commonly seen but seldom acknowledged fish … they’re right under your nose.

Scribbled Leather Jacket Filefish
This is the largest of Filefish in the species. Although closely related to the Triggerfish, their “trigger spine” cannot be locked into place. Filefish can alter their colour and pattern to match their surrounds and so deter predators.

Appearing somewhat like squashed trunkfish, filefish are oddly-shaped fish and not terribly good swimmers; their small fins confine the fish to a sluggish gait. Juvenile filefish are often observed drifting head downward amongst stands of seaweed, presumably in an effort to fool both predator and prey alike. Say ‘hi’ when you see them next time.

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