Acreichthys tomentosus - Matted Filefish - 1.5- 2" Net Caught Specimen


Filefish are closely related to Triggerfish and Pufferfish.They typically feature laterally compressed bodies and rough, sandpaper-like skin. Although scaled, the scales are so small that the fish give the appearance of being scaleless. The snout is tapered and projecting, and the eyes of a Filefish are located high on the head. The pelvis is articulated, and connected to other bones in the pelvic girdle. Filefish may erect their dorsal spine and pelvis to lock themselves into a rock structure for protection when they feel threatened.

Typically, Filefish are found in shallow water, and may be found as individuals, pairs, or in small groups, depending on species. Diet varies from species to species. However, many species may graze on coral polyps, which makes them unsuitable for reef aquariums.

Members of the Filefish group have been kept in larger reef systems by many hobbyists without incident. Regardless, they should be considered a threat to sessile invertebrates like corals, sea stars and urchins.

The bottom line is that it’s a calculated risk to keep one of these fishes in a reef aquarium. The best defense against damage to invertebrates and corals is to keep the Filefish well fed. They eat a variety of foods, such as chopped fresh seafood, and are often quite fond of freeze dried Nori sheets placed on a lettuce clip.These fishes are net collected for Unique by Eco Aquariums PNG, so you can be assured that the fish are receiving the best handling possible before they are sent to you.