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Species: Xyrichtys perlas, Panamanian razorfish

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center forehead: blue line
pink + white belly
flank - yellow stripe

Xyrichtys perlas Wellington in Allen & Robertson, 1994

Panamanian razorfish

Head and body strongly compressed; head profile steep, with a fleshy longitudinal keel at front; eye on upper ½ of head; both jaws with canines at front, lower jaw without rear canine tooth; dorsal fin continuous, IX, 12, spines regularly spaced; anal III, 12; pectoral 12; tail slightly convex; lateral line in 2 sections, rear section on tail base, 20 + 5 pored scales; head scaleless except for few scales below eye.

IP: pale pink, operculum and belly white, operculum with pink bar; pale yellow stripe along side; fins pale; TP: not known.

Size: reaches about 7 cm.

Lives on clean sand bottoms.

Depth: 10-20 m.

Known only from  Panama.

Note: Whether or not X perlas is a synonym of X mundiceps is unclear, since the TP of X perlas is unknown.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Water column
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • Zooplankton
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Panamic province endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7
Depth Range Min
  • 10
Depth Range Max
  • 20