Filefish is the common name for the Monacanthidae family of the class Actinopterygii, and includes 27 genera, e.g. Monacanthus (plectognath fish),Alutera, and Balistes. The organisms belonging to this taxonomic family are characterized by the rough, granulated, sandpapery skin, thus, the name. They are endemic in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. Synonyms: foolfish, leatherjackets, shingles.
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