Cantherhines macrocerus, also called White-spotted filefish can be found in the tropical waters of the western Atlantic and Caribbean, mostly in pairs in outer reef, less often in lagoons or river deltas.
Like all file fish, he has a "diamond-shaped“ body, his color varies greatly and is different from fish to fish, the basic color is usually yellow-green to light gray with numerous white spots all over. Adult females are usually predominantly blue colored whit less white spots, the older they get the more they lose their spotted pattern.
The White-spotted filefish feeds mainly on sponges and algae, but unfortunately there are coral polyps and other small invertebrates also on its menu. Feeding on Palythoa caribaeorum.
Cantherhines macroceros (Hollard, 1853)
Cantherines macrocerus (Hollard, 1853)
Monacanthus macrocerus Hollard, 1853
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopteri (Class) > Tetraodontiformes (Order) > Monacanthidae (Family) > Cantherhines (Genus) > Cantherhines macrocerus (Species)