Underwater Photos

Whitespotted Filefish
Whitespotted Filefish
Whitespotted Filefish (Cantherhines macrocerus)
This fish is relatively uncommon in Cayman waters, although it is said to be abundant in South Florida. Like many of the Caribbean fish, the Whitespotted Filefish goes through different color phases during its growth. This photo is of one in its "orange phase" which shows virtually no evidence of the white spots from which it derives its name. Most likely to be found in water about 50 feet deep, this fish is typically 10 -15 inches long, although it is known to grow to 18 inches. This particular example kept its distance, although I was able to follow it around for about 10 minutes.
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Revised: 24 March 1999