Paramonacanthus otisensis Whitley, 1931
Dusky leatherjacket
photo by FAO

Family:  Monacanthidae (Filefishes)
Max. size:  11 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 5 - 36 m
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: Eastern Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 24-30; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 24-30; Vertebrae: 19-19. Body width 2.0-2.5 in head length; body depth 1.9-3.1 in SL; head length 2.8-3.3 in SL; snout length 3.6-4.9 in SL; eye diameter 2.7-4.5 in head length (Ref. 33065). Adult caudal fin with moderately long filaments on upper and middle rays (Ref. 9002). Pelvic fin rudiment movable, small; pelvic flap moderately extendable (Ref. 9002). Pale grey or yellow to brown with variable dark markings (Ref. 9002).
Biology:  Found in weedy areas, usually in harbors (Ref. 9002).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 18 July 2017 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 16.02.99
Modified by: BĂ©arez, Philippe - 02.05.01

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