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Fan-Bellied Leatherjacket Video Stock Footage

The fan-bellied leatherjacket grows to a total length of about 40 centimetres (16 in). It is a laterally-compressed fish recognisable by the upturned, pointed snout, the filamentary extension on the fan-shaped caudal fin, and the large dewlap on the underside of the fish. The foremost dorsal fin consists of a long erectile spine with a shorter one behind it. The hindermost dorsal fin has 28 to 34 soft rays and the anal fin has 27 to 34 soft rays. The colour is variable depending on its environment, being dark when swimming over beds of mussels and cream or tan when above a sandy seabed. In each case there are irregular darker blotches and streaks. Learn more about Fan-Bellied Leatherjacket

View related species in family group: Filefish

Animalia: Chordata: Tetraodontiformes: Actinopterygii: Monacanthidae: Monacanthus chinensis

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