A filefish I think..

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Spotted this in about 15 feet of water, 81 degrees.. in St. John, USVI. I think it was about 12" long...  I thought it might be a Scrawled Filefish, but the lack of blue-green spots and the tail not opened.. makes me wonder..

..jay

Scrawled Filefish

You are correct, it is a scrawled filefish.  Although the blue and yellow phase is one of their most common and beautiful patterns, they can change to other patterns to suit their mood.  

Thanks

Thanks.. maybe next time, I'll see one in the blue/yellow phase.

 

..jay

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