Scribbled Leatherjacket Filefish


The ⁤Scribbled Leatherjacket Filefish, scientifically known ​as⁤ Aluterus scriptus, belongs to the family of Monacanthidae.

Conservation Status

The ​Scribbled Leatherjacket Filefish⁢ is not currently classified as endangered. Conservation efforts ‍have not been specifically reported for this species.


Statistic Average Range
Length 91 ​cm 70-110 cm
Weight Not specified Not specified
Average Lifespan Not specified Not specified


The Scribbled Leatherjacket Filefish can ‍be‌ found throughout Indo-Pacific regions. ⁣It does not have ⁤known migration patterns.


This species​ tends to gravitate‌ towards warm tropical waters. Their depth range is known to be between 15 to 360⁢ meters. The temperature range within these waters varies, but generally falls within the tropical climate range.

When and Where to See

To sight a Scribbled ⁣Leatherjacket Filefish, one of‌ the⁤ best times of the⁢ year is during the warm, tropical months. However, the exact seasonal patterns ‍are not conclusively known.

Best Fishing Locations

Top Locations

  1. Indonesia
  2. Thailand
  3. Malaysia
  4. Australia
  5. New Guinea
  6. Philippines
  7. Chagos Islands

General Tips

For best results, look for tropical, warm⁣ waters, ‍typically‌ at a ⁣depth range between 15 to⁣ 360 meters.

How⁣ to Catch

The preferred bait for the Scribbled Leatherjacket⁤ Filefish⁤ is shrimp or other small crustaceans.‌ Typical fishing techniques‌ include​ trolling.

Identification Guide

The Scribbled Leatherjacket Filefish is ‍known for its unique markings; it​ has a slender body covered with a complex pattern of‌ interlacing lines, hence its name. It is predominantly gray-green and white in color, with a unique dorsal spine.


While the Scribbled Leatherjacket‍ Filefish is edible, it ​is not commonly used in ​culinary dishes due to⁢ its ⁣tough ‍skin. The ⁢taste has been described as mild and the ‌texture as firm.

Additional Information


The Scribbled Leatherjacket‍ Filefish are solitary creatures, typically found resting‌ in caves during the day.‌ Their⁤ diet primarily consists of hydrozoans ⁣and small invertebrates.

References and ‍Further Reading

-⁣ Fishbase Scribbled Filefish
– Encyclopedia of Life ⁣ Aluterus‍ scriptus
– Florida Museum Scribbled Filefish