Blackhead Leatherjacket (species: Pervagor melanocephalus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pervagor melanocephalus
Blackhead Leatherjacket

©Nigel Marsh: Pervagor melanocephalus at Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Tetraodontiformes
Family Monacanthidae
Genus Pervagor
Species Pervagor melanocephalus



Distinguishing features

A small filefish with an orange body and tail and a dark purple/brown head. Small orange spots on head.

Rarely seen in the Lizard Island area.


  • Up to 10 cm (length according to Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • From 3 m to 40 m (Allen et al, 2003)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Tang, D., D. Uyeno and K. Nagasawa (2011). Parasitic copepods of the family Taeniacanthidae (Crustacea) from triggerfishes (Teleostei, Balistidae) and filefishes (Teleostei, Monacanthidae) collected in the Indo-West Pacific region with descriptions of two new species of Taeniacanthus Sumpf, 1871. Zootaxa, 3103: 33-56. LIRS catalog number 1473.