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Japanese Leatherjacket (juvenile)

Paramonacanthus japonicus

Description:

Also known as Japanese Filefish. As adults, colorations vary but the tell-tale sign of this filefish is the dark blotch beneath the dorsal fin. Males become more elongated as they grow older. This species will mate monogamously.

Habitat:

Inhabits weedy and sandy areas of coastal reefs.

Notes:

This juvenile filefish seemed to be taking refuge beside a mauve spiky soft coral. Spotted it in about 14m of water in a sand-and-rubble area at the Dayang Beach dive site. It measured roughly 1.5cm long.

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2 Comments

Blogie
Blogie 8 years ago

I've updated this spotting with a video!

I was shooting a candy crab first, then this juvenile filefish kept insinuating itself into the frame. :D

Blogie
Blogie 8 years ago

Thanks, lucas1 and everyone who's favorited this! :)

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Aug 20, 2012
Submitted on Aug 23, 2012

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