4 - 6 pounds
26" - 30"
The Monkeyface Prickleback, also known to be named the monkeyface eel, is a long and eel-like fish. They sport a blunt round snout, large fleshy lips, and have two striking black lines from behind their eyes. The ridge or the large fleshy lump on top of the adult Monkeyface Prickleback’s head resembles the nose of a primate. And they have a dorsal fin that runs along their backs. Though some Monkeyface Prickleback fish have orange spottings found on their bodies and orange fin tips, they are most often a uniform color of light brown to dark green.
Their diets range from carnivores to omnivores, as they primarily consume crustaceans and algae.
Adolescent Monkeyface Prickleback often feeds on zooplankton and crustaceans, and as they grow older, their adult counterparts tend to lean towards being herbivorous, feeding on red or green algae.
Monkeyface Pricklebacks can reach up to the length of 2.5 ft and have a life expectancy of up to 18 years. The heaviest, or maximum weight, recorded to date for this fish is just over 6 lbs.
Anglers fishing for Monkeyface Pricklebacks, or shore anglers, use a common method called “poke poling,” w