Monday, November 1, 2010

ABC Wednesday: P is for Prickly Leatherjacket

Prickly Leatherjackets (Chaetodermis penicilligerus) are also called Tassled Filefish. They live in the coastal areas of Malaysia, southern Japan and can also be found at the Great Barrier Reef.
As a slow swimmer, they prefer habitats with a lot of vegetation to hide in. Their body is covered with shreds of skin that help to camouflage them by blurring the body outline of the fish.
They are usually found alone or in pairs and feed on algae and small invertebrates. Prickly Leatherjackets may reach a size of 30cm (12") and live up to three years.

Photos were taken at Hagenbecks Tierpark. See what else P stands for at ABC Wednesday


mrsnesbitt said...

Wow! 30cm in length? Wow! Again - I have fond out something new - so typical of ABC Wedneday!

Thanks so much
ABC Team

Leslie: said...

Phascinating! Here we call a huge flying bug that shows up in the fall a leatherjacket! Have a wonderful week. :D

Cezar and Léia said...

Prickly is CUTE! ;)
Wonderful set of pictures and I'm so impressed , how he can camouflage there so well, very interesting fish!

Sylvia K said...

Great post and photos for the P Day! I always enjoy yours because I always learn something new and that makes any day a better one! Hope your week is going well1


photowannabe said...

Great pictures of the fish. His coloring makes him invisible. I wouldn't want to step on his prickly body.

Paula Scott said...

Cool looking fish! Albeit, a bit hard to see all the 'edges' of it! Are they poisonous?

Kay L. Davies said...

What an unusual creature! I don't remember seeing one of these at the Great Barrier Reef. I was traveling there with my young brother, who is an artist, and he pointed out so many things that I didn't see at the underwater observatory.
A fabulous post for the letter P.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Babooshka said...

As usual interesting, educational and definitely different. Yet again something i was so unfamiliar with.

Wanda said...

The wonders under the sea are just as magnificent as the animals on land you show us. Always something new and exciting on your ABC Wed.

EG Wow said...

They certainly do blend in with their surroundings making it very easy for them to hide. :)

Roger Owen Green said...

PECULIAR creature - hard to tell if it's PLANT or animal. Interesting item
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

onangelwings said...

Very interesting fish.

Tumblewords: said...

Prickly, for sure! Excellent photos, thanks!

Sara Katt said...

Your blog is amazing! Always an animal that I have never heard of before!
Thanks for sharing.
Sara Cat
Sara Cat's abcWED-round-7-P

Self Sagacity said...

I enjoyed seeing this, I have never seen one in person.

Maple Leaf Mommy said...

Yet another interesting critter I'd never heard of. Great pics! Thanks for the post.