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The scrawled filefish can stand its primary dorsal fin erect to lodge itself into a crack or crevice of a reef.
The scrawled filefish can stand its primary dorsal fin erect to lodge itself into a crack or crevice of a reef. This feature now is used partially as a defense mechanism, making it difficult for predators to remove the filefish to eat it.
CLASS: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
ORDER: Tetraodontiformes (cowfishes, filefishes, leatherjackets, puffers, triggerfishes, and trunkfishes)
FAMILY: Monacanthidae (filefishes)
GENUS/SPECIES: Aluterus scriptus
Size: Average 1–2.5 ft (0.3–0.8 m)
Depth: 10-400 ft (4–120 m)
Diet: Seagrasses, hydrozoans, gorgonians, and tunicates
Habitat: Coastal waters of Western Atlantic, Eastern Atlantic, Eastern Pacific, and Western Indo-Pacific