Fish ID: Pygmy Leatherjacket

Filefish pygmy leatherjacket brachaluteres jacksonianus syd
Family Filefish (MONACANTHIDAE)
species Brachaluteres jacksonianus
size To 9cm
locality Very sheltered coastal reefs
behaviour Solitary or in groups
range Southern Australian temperate coastal waters

Classic leatherjacket shape – just much smaller. Similar slow and awkward swimming style. Can be green, brown or yellow (more juvenile) with rows of pale spots in lines along body and emanating from the eye.