Thamnaconus arenaceus (Barnard, 1927)
Sandy filefish
Thamnaconus arenaceus
photo by SFSA

Family:  Monacanthidae (Filefishes)
Max. size:  23 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: known only from 3 specimens, 1 possibly from Natal, South Africa and 2 from Madagascar.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 31-32; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 30-31. Preserved specimens brown with darker spots; dark brown ring around anus; soft dorsal, anal and pectoral fins pale; caudal fin dusky (Ref. 4421).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 18 July 2017 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 15.06.94
Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 03.03.97

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