Animal Species:Barred Leatherjacket, Cantherhines dumerilii (Hollard, 1854)

The Barred Leatherjacket is a tropical species that occasionally drifts into temperate waters during its larval stage.

Barred Leatherjacket, Cantherhines dumerilii

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Standard Common Name

Barred Leatherjacket

Alternative Name/s

Dumeril’s Leatherjacket, Whitespotted Filefish, Yelloweye Leatherjacket

Identification

Barred Leatherjackets juveniles have white spots on a black-brown body. Adult posses distinctive barring on the rear half of their body, and a bright orange caudal fin.

Size range

The species grows to about 40 cm.

Distribution

In Australia this species is found in tropical waters from Ningaloo reef in Western Australia, to the Sydney region of New South Wales. Globally it occurs throughout the Indo-Pacific region, from eastern Africa to western Mexico.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Cantherhines dumerilii

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Barred Leatherjacket specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
dumerilii
Genus:
Cantherines
Family:
Monacanthidae
Suborder:
Tetraodontoidei
Order:
Tetraodontiformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
  3. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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