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Species Paramonacanthus filicauda (Günther, 1880)

Threadfin Leatherjacket, Thread-tailed Leather-jacket



This species was placed in the genus Arotrolepis by Hutchins (2001). Hutchins (2008) indicated that a second species of Arotrolepis occurred in Australia. However, Hutchins (2001) placed the type species of Arotrolepis in the genus Paramonacanthus. Consequently we retain the species here following Hutchins (1977).




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Barrow Island, WA (20°52'S) to Bicheno, TAS (147°18'E); tropical; temperate, New Guinea.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Tasmanian Shelf Province (36), Southeast Shelf Transition (37), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Coastal, continental shelf, inshore, sublittoral.

Extra Ecological Information

18–125 m.


General References

Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. [242]

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. [152]

Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. 406 pp. [289, 361]

Hutchins, J.B. 1997. Review of the monacanthid fish genus Paramonacanthus, with descriptions of three new species. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 54: 1-57 figs 1-32 [8] (generic placement uncertain)

Hutchins, J.B. 2001. Monacanthidae. pp. 3929-3947 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218. [3937] (as Arotrolepis filicauda)

Hutchins, J.B. 2008. Family Monacanthidae. pp. 822-841 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. [826] (as Arotrolepis filicauda)

McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part III. Records of the Australian Museum 5: 329–436 [415] (as Monacanthus filicauda)

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1984. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls. [308]

Swainston, R. 2011. Swainston's Fishes of Australia: The complete illustrated guide. Camberwell, Victoria : Penguin Australia 836 pp. [766]

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [58] (2324, Arotrolepis filicauda and 2325, as Arotrolepis notonectianus)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
29-Apr-2014 TETRAODONTIFORMES 28-Apr-2014 ADDED Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
29-Apr-2014 21-May-2012 MOVED
29-Apr-2014 21-May-2012 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)