Oxymonacanthus longirostris


Monacanthidae taxonomy

Oxymonacanthus longirostris Bloch and Schneider, 1801, East Indies.

other common names

English: Harlequin filefish; French: Baliste a taches orange; German: Palettenstachier; Japanese: Tengukawahagi.

physical characteristics

Body compressed and elongate with a pronounced, almost tubular snout. There are two spines and 31-35 soft rays in the dorsal fin and 29-32 soft rays in the anal fin. The color is bright green with orange spots or elongated blotches. The eyes are ringed with orange. The caudal fin is whitish with a small dark spot posteriorly. Grows to 4.7 in (12 cm) in total length.

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