Iniistius pavo

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Iniistius pavo
Iniistius pavo, adult, Lord Howe Island, NSW, Australia, Photo: Andrew Green
Iniistius pavo
Iniistius pavo, juvenile, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Iniistius pavo
Iniistius pavo


Tropical Indo-Pacific


High square head, eye very high, with dark oblique bar below, first two dorsal spines separate from rest of dorsal fin and extremely elongated, small black spot on back, dark brown bars on side that can be rapidly switched on and off. One of a few razorfish species found close to reefs, usually in sandy depressions in coral lagoon habitats, disappears into sand when threatened.


Max Size: 41 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22-30.9°C

Depth: 1-100m

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: Least Concern

Occurrence: Infrequent (1.1% 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: Solitary (1 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields