Monacanthidae


Leatherjackets
Characteristic features:
Similar families:

Balistidae
Triggerfishes

Balistidae

Balistidae differs in having 3 dorsal-fin spines, all long and prominent (vs. 2 dorsal-fin spines, with only the first long and prominent); body slightly compressed (vs. very compressed); scales large (vs. minute) and teeth in jaws larger and more numerous (vs. smaller and fewer).