Features: Extremely thin; Body covered with orange dots; long tail
base; long broom-like tail is often limp;
Notes: I saw a pair of file fish, which appeared to this species. They were more orange or brown than the pictures here. I saw them over a rubble coral section and near grass beds. I was not able to get a picture, as I was snorkling on 16 March 2006. Location was just off Islamorada, on a patch reef (Garden?) between Cheeka Rocks and Hen and Chickens.
Size: 10-18 inches; max 20 inches;
Audubon Field Guide; page ; plate ;
Reef Fish ID 3rd ed.; page 400-401; plates 401a-401b;
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