Prickly fish at home in aquarium

The prickly leatherjacket
The prickly leatherjacket
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A BIZARRE-LOOKING fish covered in prickly ‘tassels’ is settling in to its new home at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Southsea.

The fish, known as a prickly leatherjacket or ‘bristletail’, is actually a type of filefish and comes from the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific.

Also known as tasselled leatherjackets, the fish are common in tropical seas and usually live alone close to coral reefs.