Abalistes filamentosus Matsuura & Yoshino, 2004
photo by Justine, J.-L.

Family:  Balistidae (Triggerfishes)
Max. size:  32.5 cm SL (male/unsexed); 24.3 cm SL (female); max.weight: 1,375.0 g
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range 61 - 180 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Ryukyu Islands to the Northwest Shelf of Australia, and the Timor Sea. Reported in New Caledonia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 3-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 25-27; Anal soft rays: 22-25. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D III,25-27; A 22-25; pectoral rays 14-15 (usually 14); body scale rows 33-39; head scale rows 25-32; upper and lower rays of the caudal fin are greatly produced in filaments; cheek with 3 or 4 longitudinal grooves. Colouration: proximal part of spinous dorsal fin is dark brown; body without yellow/pale blue spots or yellow reticulations; ground color of body is dark brown dorsally, mottled with irregular pale markings, then becoming white ventrally; cheek is brown with greenish tinge (Ref. 54835).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 19.04.06

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