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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrate > fishes > Family Monacanthidae
Feathery filefish
Chaetodermis penicilligerus

Family Monacanthidae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? This amazing fish is sometimes seen on some of our shores, near seagrasses and coral rubble. It was previously called Chaetodoerma penicilligera. It is sometimes also called the prickly, tasselled or leafy filefish.

Features: To about 31cm, those seen about 8-10cm. Body more disk-shaped (circular). Distinguished by thick feathery extensions all over the body including the dorsal spine, dark stripes along the sides of the body, sometimes with short bright blue lines. The fish may be greenish, bluish or purplish.

Human uses: It is considered good eating in some places although it is not known to be marketed.

Changi, Jul 08

Tassels even on the dorsal spine!

Tanah Merah, Sep 11

Pulau Hantu, Jun 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Feathery filefishes on Singapore shores

Photos of Feathery filefishes for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Beting Bronok, Jun 17
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Siloso, May 09
Photo shared by Ivan Kwan on his blog.

Tanah Merah, Jun 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his flickr.

Tanah Merah, Jun 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.



  • Allen, Gerry, 2000. Marine Fishes of South-East Asia: A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Periplus Editions. 292 pp.
  • Lieske, Ewald and Robert Myers. 2001. Coral Reef Fishes of the World Periplus Editions. 400pp.
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