Aeoliscus strigatus

Jointed Razorfish | Coral Shrimpfish | Razorfish | Shrimpfish
Aeoliscus strigatus
Aeoliscus strigatus, Seychelles, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Aeoliscus strigatus
Aeoliscus strigatus, Sulawesi, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Aeoliscus strigatus
Aeoliscus strigatus, Torres Straits, Australia, Photo: Andrew Green
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Aeoliscus strigatus, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Aeoliscus strigatus
Aeoliscus strigatus
Aeoliscus strigatus
Aeoliscus strigatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Flat, almost two dimensional, leaf shaped body. White or yellowish with a dark stripe from snout through eye and along body. Usually found swimming in schools, all swimming snout down just above the reef. Joint in the long dorsal spine (a bend near top can often be seen on close inspection, when animal is head down) distinguish it from the other local razorfish, Centriscus scutatus (Grooved Razorfish), which has an unjointed tail spine.


Max Size: 15 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23-32°C

Depth: 1-42m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Rare (0.8% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Many (24 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields