filefish Anacanthus barbatus Family Monacanthidae updated
seen? This long filefish with a 'beard' was seen on Cyrene
Reef during a seine net survey of the fishes there. It is also sometimes seen on other shores. Elsewhere it is
found in shallow waters in sandy, weedy areas, also muddy estuaries
and mangroves. It is said to be seen lining up with ropes, seawhips,
large stringy-type sponges, as well as mangrove roots. It
may also float over the open bottom and may
stand on its head. In this way, it may mimic mangrove propagules, sea pens and probably seagrass.
Features: To 35cm. Highly elongated
fish with a long body flattened sideways, and a long large tail fin. It
has an upturned mouth and a barbel under its chin that it can straighten
out so that the fish looks like a pointed stick. Like other filefishs, it has a flap under its body but it is tiny.