harlequin filefish

Scientific name Oxymonacanthus longirostris
Descriptor Bloch & Schneider
Year of description 1801
IUCN category (World) VU
Family Monacanthidae
Genus Oxymonacanthus
Oxymonacanthus longirostris Oxymonacanthus longirostris

Introduction

Oxymonacanthus longirostris, commonly known as harlequin filefish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    12 cm
  • Maximum size
    14 cm
  • Shape
    Ovoid
  • Pattern
    circle pattern
  • Average size
    12 cm
  • Maximum size
    14 cm
  • Shape
    Ovoid
  • Pattern
    circle pattern

How to recognize the harlequin filefish ?

The harlequin filefish measures between 12 and 14 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly bleu and orange body. The also has orange circle pattern.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    carnivorous
  • Sociability
    living in small groups
  • territorial
    Yes
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The harlequin filefish is a fish living in small groups naturally found in the vegetation. This species is carnivorous .

Although slightly territorial, the harlequin filefish is a rather peaceful animal that generally behaves in a peaceful manner with other species.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The harlequin filefish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

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

  • Temperature
    24 - 27 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 35 m

Biotope presentation

The harlequin filefish is most often found at a depth between 1m and 35m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Fishkeeping

Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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