Facts

Latin name Cantherhines pardalis - (Rüppell, 1837)
Common name Honeycomb filefish
Family Monacanthidae - Cantherhines
Origin East Indian Ocean, Australia, Japan, The Red Sea, Indonesia, East Pacific, Central/West Pacific
Max length 25.0 cm (9.8")

As aquarium fish

Minimum volume 900 l (237 gal)
Hardiness Average
Suitable for aquarium Suitable with care
Reef safe Unknown
Aggressiveness Unknown

Food

Maybee
  • Larger crustaceans (Shrimp, crabs...)
  • Soft coral
  • Large polyp stone coral (LPS)
Mostly
  • Zooplankton (Cyclops, pods...)
  • Small crustaceans (Krill, mysis, artemia...)
  • Sponges
Recommended
  • Microalgea (Eg. spirulina)
  • Macroalgea (Eg. seaweed / nori)

Can be a threat towards crustaceans etc.

This species will eat shrimps, crabs, small bivalves, snails and the like.

Insufficient information

There is little available knowledge of this species, so there can be important information missing on this page.

Family description (Monacanthidae)

Filefish (Monacanthidae) have a very characteristic appearance, but whether one likes them or not is a matter of taste. 

Some species are suitable for aquaria, although they will occasionally eat a coral or invertebrate. They are therefore not so well suited to coral tanks.
They are often used to fight glass anemones (Aiptasia) and Majano anemones. Pervagor nigrolineatus is especially good at this.

They need peace and quiet from both the aquarist and other fish, when adjusting to the tank life.

Be careful when catching them, as they easily becomes caught in the net.

FishBase

Aquarium trade Unknown
Distribution Indo-Pacific: Red Sea south to South Africa (Ref. 4421) and east to southern Japan and southeastern Oceania. Eastern Atlantic: Gulf of Guinea, Annobon Islands, south coast of Africa (Ref. 3592). Replaced by Cantherhines sandwichiensis in the Ha
English common names Wire-netting filefish, Honeycomb filefish, Honeycomb leatherjacket

References and further reading

About references

Dave Wolfenden. 2013. Filefish: A bit of rough! - Practical Fishkeeping - (English)
Scott W. Michael. Can You Add Filefish to a Reef Tank? - Fish Channel - (English)
Bob Fenner. Filefishes, Family Monacanthidae, Part I, Part II, Part III - Wet Web Media - (English)
Scott W. Michael. Those Fabulous Filefish - Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine - (English)

Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).

Tags

eats shrimp, eats crab, eats bivalve clams mussels scallops, eats snails
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