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  Razorfish (Aeoliscus strigatus)





Razorfish | Aeoliscus strigatus photo
Razorfish

Image by Robbie N. Cada (former FishBase staff member) - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)

Razorfish | Aeoliscus strigatus photo
Aeoliscus strigatus at Birch Aquarium,

Image by Stan Shebs - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



RAZORFISH FACTS

Description
The Razorfish is variable in color depending on habitat. It is greenish-yellow with diffused stripe along the body when amongst seagrass. It is light with black stripe along body when over sand or rubble sea floor. The dorsal fin spine is hinged. The body is covered with thin transparent plates. They swim in groups with each fish vertical with head pointing downwards.

Size
to 15cm

Habitat
Found in schools amongst spines of Diadema and staghorn corals at depth from 1m to 20m

Food
feeds on tiny crustaceans

Range
The Razorfish is found in the Indo-West Pacific from Tanzania to the Seychelles and across to southern Japan. In Australia it is found in tropical and subtropical waters to New South Wales.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Syngnathiformes
Family:Centriscidae
Genus:Aeoliscus
Species:strigatus
Common Name:Razorfish