Mimic Saddle Puffer Filefish (Paraluterus prionurus)

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Max Size: 4 1/2 inches
Diet: Omnivore
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: With Caution. May eat invertebrates.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

The Mimic Saddle Puffer is a fascinating filefish species that has evolved its body shape and coloration to imitate the appearance of the Valentini Puffer. By mimicking these puffers, they deceive potential predators into believing they are unpalatable, providing a clever defense mechanism. These fish boast an intriguing look, featuring dark brown bands across the midsection, brownish-orange spotting on the lower half, vibrant yellow fins, and blue striping along the back. They are unique in that they lack pelvic fins but have adapted to using their pectoral fins for movement within the aquarium. One way to distinguish them from the puffers they mimic is by examining their dorsal spine – the filefish has two dorsal spines, while the puffer has only one.

The Mimic Saddle Puffer generally exhibits low aggression towards other fish, except those of the same genus, making it suitable for peaceful community aquariums. To accommodate this species, a tank of at least 30 gallons or larger is recommended, and it is best to avoid keeping invertebrates in the same aquarium.

As for its diet, the Mimic Saddle Puffer enjoys a varied selection of shaved shrimp, squid, scallop, mysis shrimp, freeze-dried krill soaked in a vitamin supplement, and frozen marine algae. Providing multiple feedings throughout the day, no fewer than three, will help keep this unique filefish content and thriving in the aquarium.