Smooth leatherjacket

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Smooth leatherjacket
Parika scaber (Smooth leatherjacket).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Monacanthidae
Genus: Meuschenia
Species: M. scaber
Binomial name
Meuschenia scaber
(J. R. Forster, 1801)

The smooth leatherjacket or velvet leatherjacket, Meuschenia scaber, is a filefish of the family Monacanthidae, found off eastern Australia and all around New Zealand to depths of about 100 m, on rocky weedy reef areas. Its length is between 25 and 35 cm. In New Zealand it is simply known as leatherjacket as it is the only fish of this family commonly found there.


Cape Naturaliste, Western Australia, to Sydney, New South Wales, and around Tasmania. Also New Zealand.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Edgar, Graham J. (2008). Australian Marine Life: The plants and animals of temperate waters (Second ed.). Sydney: New Holland. ISBN 9781921517174.