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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Marine Habitats

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The Fantail Leatherjacket can be recognised by the large skin flap on the belly, the concave snout profile, the caudal filament, and by the triangular profile of the back. source: Australian Museum Factsheets

Online resources

Australian Museum Factsheets
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Encyclopedia of Life
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Species Lists

Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: A thin fish with brown blotches on its body.
Description : A very thin fish with a large skin flap on the belly, a concave snout profile and a caudal filament. It is cream to brown with brown blotches and mottling on the body, and brown bands on the caudal fin. When swimming above mussel beds, or crinoids, it can assume a dark colouration. Body size up to 40 cm.
Biology : Most can be found within 10 metres of the surface. They tend to swim using only their dorsal and anal fins, often with little motion in the rest of the body. This leaves them to be a very slow fish. Its diet consists of seagrass, amphipods, shrimps and algae.
Habitat: Coastal and estuarine waters in areas of sheltered seagrass beds or protected reefs with heavy marine growth.
Maximum size (cm): 40
Diet: Omnivore
Colours: Brown, White
Distribution: Northern, eastern and western Australia.
Habitat types: Marine
Depth: Shallow (1-30m),Deep (>30m)
Water column: Midwater,On or near seafloor
Commercial species: True
Author credit: Mark McGrouther / Australian Museum

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Monacanthus chinensis


Synonyms Source
Balistes chinensis Osbeck, 1765 Osbeck, 1765 Osbeck, 1765
Published in: Osbeck, P. 1765. Reise nach Ostindien und China. Rostock 565 pp. 13 pls
Balistes geographicus Cuvier, 1816 Cuvier, 1816 Cuvier, 1816
Published in: Cuvier, G.L. 1816. Le Règne Animal, distribué d'après son organisation, pour servir de base a l'histoire naturelle des animaux et d'introduction a l'anatomie comparée. Les reptiles et les poisons Paris : Déterville Vol. 2 pp. 104-351
Balistes mylii Bory de Saint-Vincent, 1822 Bory de Saint-Vincent, 1822 Bory de Saint-Vincent, 1822
Published in: Bory de Saint-Vincent, J.B.G.M. 1822. Dictionnarie Classique d'Histoire Naturelle Paris : Rey et Gravier Vol. 2 pp. 621 pp.
Monacanthus megalourus Richardson, 1843 Richardson, 1843 Richardson, 1843
Published in: Richardson, J. 1843. Icones Piscium, or plates of rare fishes London : Richard & John E. Taylor pp. 8 pp. 5 pls
Monacanthus macrolepis Fraser-Brunner, 1941 Fraser-Brunner, 1941 Fraser-Brunner, 1941
Published in: Fraser-Brunner, A. 1941. Notes on the plectognath fishes. VI. A synopsis of the genera of the family Aluteridae, and descriptions of seven new species. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. Ser. 11 Vol. 8 (16) pp. 176-199 figs 1-9

Common Names

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Fanbelly Leatherjacket
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Fan-bellied Leather-jacket
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Fan-belly Leatherjacket
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Fan-tailed Leatherjacket
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Fanbellied Leatherjacket
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Fantail Leatherjacket
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Centreboard Leatherjacket
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Fan-bellied Filefish
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Fan-bellied Leather Jacket
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Fan-bellied Leatherjacket
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Working classification

Monacanthus chinensis  Recorded in Australia

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