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Cantherhines macrocerus

(American whitespotted filefish)


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Family : Filefishes ; Inhabits coral reefs or rocky bottoms [1]. Found among gorgonians . Occurs in pairs[2]. Feeds mainly on sponges, gorgonians, and algae[3] but also eats hydroids and stinging coral[4].

Common Names

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Common Names in Creole, Portuguese:

Cabra, Cabrinha

Common Names in Creoles and Pidgins, French:

Cabra, Cabrinha

Common Names in Creoles and Pidgins, Portuguese:

Cabra, Cabrinha

Common Names in English:

American whitespotted filefish, chivo, Whitespoted Filefish, whitespotted filefish

Common Names in German:

Weißflecken Feilenfisch

Common Names in Mandarin Chinese:

白点前孔鲀, 白點前孔魨

Common Names in Portuguese:

Cabra, Cabrinha, Peixe porco, Peixe-porco, Porco pintado, Porco-pintado

Common Names in Spanish:

Cach, Cachúa lija, chivo, Lija de lunares blancos

Common Names in Spanish, Castilian:

Cachúa lija, Chivo, Lija de lunares blancos


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May be found at depths of 3 to 25 meters. Usually found at depths of 3 to 20 meters.

Biome: Marine .


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Cantherhines macrocerosCantherhines macroceros (Hollard • Cantherhines macroceros (Hollard, 1853) • Cantherhines macrocerusCantherhines macrocerus (Hollard in Guichenot, 1853) • Cantherines macrocerusCantherines macrocerus (Hollard • Cantherines macrocerus (Hollard, 1853) • Cantherines macrocerus (Hollard, 1854) • Monacanthus macrocerusMonacanthus macrocerus Hollard • Monacanthus macrocerus Hollard, 1853


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Comment: Year from Eschmeyer[5].

Last scrutiny: Data last modified by FishBase 06-Dec-1999

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Cantherhines

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 10 species and subspecies in this genus:

C. dumerili (Yelloweye Leatherjacket) · C. dumerilii (American Whitespotted Filefish) · C. fronticinctus (Specktacled Filefish) · C. macrocerus (American Whitespotted Filefish) · C. pardalis (Honeycomb Leatherjacket) · C. pullus (Orange-Spotted Filefish) · C. rapanui (Rapanui Filefish) · C. sandwichiensis (Many-Lined Leatherjacket) · C. trachylepis (Yellowfinned Leatherjacket) · C. verecundus (Roundtail Filefish)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal March 04, 2008:



  1. Cervigón, F., R. Cipriani, W. Fischer, L. Garibaldi, M. Hendrickx, A.J. Lemus, R. Márquez, J.M. Poutiers, G. Robaina and B. Rodriguez (1992). Fichas FAO de identificación de especies para los fines de la pesca. Guía de campo de las especies comerciales ma ... [back]
  2. Böhlke, J.E. and C.C.G. Chaplin (1993). Fishes of the Bahamas and adjacent tropical waters. 2nd edition. University of Texas Press, Austin. [back]
  3. Lieske, E. and R. Myers (1994). Collins Pocket Guide. Coral reef fishes. Indo-Pacific & Caribbean including the Red Sea. Haper Collins Publishers, 400 p. [back]
  4. Randall, J.E. (1996). Caribbean reef fishes. Third Edition - revised and enlarged. T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Ltd., Hong Kong. 3nd ed. 368 p. [back]
  5. Eschmeyer, W.N. (1997). PISCES. Eschmeyer's PISCES database as published on the Internet in June 1997, URL: gopher:// [back]

Curator for this page: Barry Hutchins. Date last reviewed: 1899-12-30

Last Revised: 2015-01-30