Aluterus scriptus   (Osbeck,  1765) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Patzner, R.

Size: 110 cm.

Max. weight reported: 2,500 g

Color: Olive brown to grey in color, juveniles may be yellowish brown with dark spots. Elongate, strongly compressed filefish, tan with blue lines and spots

Dorsal spines (total): 2-2, Dorsal soft rays (total): 43-50, Anal spines: 0, Anal soft rays: 46 - 52. Snout concave. Caudal fin rounded and long. Gill opening oblique, pelvic terminus rudimentary or absent, body and head with scattered small black spots.

There are reports of ciguatera poisoning.

Synonym (s)
Alutera armata Garman, 1903
Alutera picturata Poey, 1863
Alutera scripta (Osbeck, 1765)
Aluteres pareva Lesson, 1831
Aluteres personatus Lesson, 1831
Aluteres scripta (Osbeck, 1765)
Aluterus renosus Hollard, 1855
Aluterus venosus Hollard, 1855
Balistes laevis Bloch, 1795
Balistes liturosus Shaw, 1804
Balistes ornatus Proce, 1822
Balistes scriptus Osbeck, 1765
Monacanthus scriptus (Osbeck, 1765)
Osbeckia scripta (Osbeck, 1765)

Common Name (s)
• Scrawled Filefish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
(Game fish, aquarium
Causes ciguatera poisoning)
Cultured:  Unknown

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Amphipods, jelly fish/hydroids, benthic algae/weeds
Predator:  Coryphaena hippurus, Thunnus thynnus


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

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