Cantherhines pardalis (Honeycomb filefish)

Identification

Bluish gray to brown with fine bluish stripes on the head and pale blue netted (or honeycomb) pattern on the body. Often with a white spot on the upper tail base.

Status

Unassessed by the IUCN Red list. They are widespread throughout tropical waters, but are not a very common species of filefish.

Habitat

Red Sea and East-Africa to Micronesia and French Polynesia, South Japan to Australia and Lord Howe islands. Replaced by Cantherhines sandwichiensis in the Hawaiian Islands. They are commonly found in coral-rich areas of lagoons and outer reef slopes, but also in seagrass fields, in a depth range of 2-20 meters.

Reproduction

Size

Up to 25 cm.

Prey / Predation

They feed on benthic organisms.

Special features

Young float with loose surface weeds and adults are often with large Sargassum rafts during the wet season.