Valentini Mimic Filefish (Paraluteres prionurus)
Family: Monacanthidae (Filefishes)
Natural Range: Indian, Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 10 to 80 ft. Size: 3.75 in. Jumps: No Space: 25+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Eggs, snails, algae, sponges, gorgonians, small invertebrates
Natural History: The Valentini Mimic Filefish is found on clear lagoons and seaward reefs. Adults are found in pairs or in small groups. Juveniles are generally solitary or small groups. It is a mimic of the poisonous Valentini Puffer (Canthigaster valentini), which it schools with.
Husbandry: The Valentini Mimic Filefish is a hardy fish species that is seldom seen in the aquarium trade. It will feed on sponges, gorgonians, and small invertebrates in a reef aquarium. This Valentini Mimic Filefish should be kept with peaceful tankmates only.
AKA: (Black) Saddled Filefish, Mimic Filefish
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