honeycomb filefish

Scientific name Cantherhines pardalis
Descriptor Rüppell
Year of description 1837
IUCN category (World) LC
Family Monacanthidae
Genus Cantherhines
Cantherhines pardalis Cantherhines pardalis


The Pervagor janthinosoma, commonly known as the honeycomb filefish, is a tropical fish with a global distribution in tropical seas and oceans.

This species is among the list of species that tend to acclimatize to the southern Mediterranean Sea.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    15 cm
  • Maximum size
    25 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    15 cm
  • Maximum size
    25 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern

How to recognize the honeycomb filefish ?

The honeycomb filefish has a predominantly brown body with darker spots or marbling resembling a honeycomb pattern. The fins are translucent, slightly brownish-yellow.

Irregular stripes, mostly horizontal, run across the head. Some individuals have a lighter bar on the head extending from the base of the first ray of the dorsal fin to the mouth.

Sexual dimorphism

There is no apparent dimorphism in this species.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The honeycomb filefish is a fish that resides in shallow lagoons. It is a solitary species.

Generally, it is an independent fish that pays little attention to other species. However, it may show some signs of aggression towards its conspecifics.

This species is microphagous and spends most of its time searching for small organisms among rocks and corals.


  • Reproduction
    dont le mode de reproduction est encore inconnu

The honeycomb filefish is a fish whose reproductive mode is still poorly understood.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    0 - 20 m
  • Flow
    Medium and Slow

Biotope presentation

The honeycomb filefish is most commonly found at depths of less than 20m. However, it is not impossible to find this fish at other depths.

This species moves among the corals in lagoons in search of microfauna.

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