Iniistius pavo, Adult, Lord Howe Island, NSW, Australia, Photo: Andrew Green
Iniistius pavo, Juvenile, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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: 22.0-30.9°C
Habitat: Soft sediment
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Infrequent (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.