Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Tetraodontiformes > Monacanthidae > Aluterus > Aluterus schoepfii

Aluterus schoepfii (Tobaccofish; Orange filefish; Orange Fiiefish; Filefish)

Synonyms: Alutera aurantiacus; Alutera punctata; Alutera schoepfii; Aluteres cuspicauda; Aluterus cultrifrons; Aluterus holbroocki; Aluterus punctatus; Aluterus schoepfi; Aluterus shoepfii; Balistes aurantiacus; Balistes cuspicauda; Balistes schoepfii
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Wikipedia Abstract

Aluterus schoepfii, the orange filefish, is a species of fish in the Monacanthidae family. The species can also be listed under the family Balistidae. They can reach a maximum size of 61 cm (24 in) although they are common to 40 cm (15.5 in).
View Wikipedia Record: Aluterus schoepfii

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Central Gulf Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 40530 United States  
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary IV 2387149 Florida, United States
Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve VI 1312618 Mexico  
Saba Marine Park National Marine Park II 5573 Netherlands Antilles  

Prey / Diet

Columbella dysoni[1]
Syringodium filiforme (manatee grass)[2]
Thalassia testudinum (turtlegrass)[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Acanthurus chirurgus (Doctorfish)2
Acanthurus coeruleus (Yellow doctorfish)1
Archosargus rhomboidalis (Western Atlantic seabream)2
Canthigaster rostrata (Sharpnose pufferfish)1
Chaetodipterus faber (White angelfish)1
Chelonia mydas (Green Turtle)2
Hemiramphus brasiliensis (Ballyhoo halfbeak)2
Lactophrys bicaudalis (Trunkfish)2
Monacanthus ciliatus (Leather-fish)1
Mugil curema (White mullet)1
Scarus coelestinus (Midnight Parrotfish)1
Scarus guacamaia (Blue rainbow)2
Scarus taeniopterus (Blue chub)1
Scarus vetula (Blownose)1
Sparisoma aurofrenatum (Black parrot)1
Sparisoma chrysopterum (Redtail parrotfish)1
Sparisoma radians (Sleep on grass)1
Sparisoma rubripinne (Yellowtail parrotfish)1
Sparisoma viride (Stoplight parrotfish)1
Stegastes fuscus (dusky damselfish)1


Acanthocybium solandri (Wahoo fish)[1]
Caranx ruber (Bar jack)[1]
Carcharhinus perezii (Caribbean reef shark)[1]
Cephalopholis cruentata (Grouper)[1]
Gymnothorax vicinus (Purple-mouthed moray eel)[1]
Lutjanus analis (Virgin snapper)[1]
Lutjanus cyanopterus (Guasinuco)[1]
Mycteroperca tigris (Tiger rockfish)[1]
Mycteroperca venenosa (Yellow-finned grouper)[1]
Onychoprion fuscatus (Sooty Tern)[1]
Rhizoprionodon porosus (Snook shark)[1]
Synodus foetens (Soapfish)[1]


Parasitized by 
Dinurus tornatus[1]
Diploproctodaeum haustrum[3]
Diploproctodaeum yosogi[3]
Otobothrium dipsacus[1]
Rhagorchis odhneri[1]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Florida Aquarium
National Aquarium in Baltimore Inc
Virginia Aquarium&Marine Science Ctr


Angola; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Eastern Central; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Southeast; Atlantic, Southwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Benguela Current; Benin; Bermuda; Brazil; Cameroon; Canada; Canary Current; Cape Verde; Caribbean Sea; Celestún Biosphere Reserve; Colombia; Congo, Dem. Rep. of the; Congo, Republic of; Costa Rica; Cuba; Curaçao Island; Côte d'Ivoire; Discovery Bay; Dominica; Dominican Republic; East Brazil Shelf; Equatorial Guinea; French Guiana; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Grenada; Guatemala; Guinea; Guinea Current; Guinea-Bissau; Gulf of Mexico; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Laguna de Términos; Liberia; Mauritania; Mexico; Nicaragua; Nigeria; North Brazil Shelf; Panama; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; Scotian Shelf; Senegal; Sierra Leone; South Brazil Shelf; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Suriname; Togo; Trinidad and Tobago; USA (contiguous states); Venezuela; Western Atlantic: Nova Scotia (Canada), Bermuda, and northern Gulf of Mexico to Brazil. Eastern Atlantic: Cape Blanc, Mauritania to Angola (Ref. 3592).;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Food Habits of Reef Fishes of the West Indies, John E. Randall, Stud. Trop. Oceanogr. 5, 665–847 (1967)
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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