I really suck at keeping up with my Animal of the Week segment, wow.
Animal of the…once in a while!
This animal is the Orange spotted Filefish, also known as the Harlequin Filefish and Longnose Filefish. It’s found in the Indo-Pacific oceans among the coral reefs. They grow to be only about 5 inches long, and they are a light blue colour with up to 8 rows of orange or yellow spots on its sides. In the wild they feed off coral polyps. They can also be sold as pets but don’t live very long in captivity—some people say their fish die within 6 months to a year. I’m not finding a reliable source on their lifespan in the wild but I saw someone mention them living 4 to 5 years. If you do decide to get one of these fish as a pet, keep in mind it can be difficult to feed them and that if they’re going to have tankmates, they need to be either other Orange Spotted Filefish or a less aggressive kind of fish.