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Elongate, strongly compressed filefish with a long, broom-like tail. Snout concave. Body olive brown to gray in color, with blue to blue-green spots, irregular lines and black dots (A. scriptus 2). The elongated first spine of the front dorsal fin cannot be locked (A. scriptus). Size up to 110 cm. Juveniles may be yellowish brown with dark spots.
Shallow water inside reef.