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Species: Xyrichtys victori, Blackspot wrasse, Galapagos razorfish

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IP: pinkish orange, dark scale centers
TP: dark blue-grey + scattered black spots

Xyrichtys victori Wellington, 1992

Galapagos Razorfish, Blackspot Wrasse

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, juvenile without raised front spines; anal III, 12; pectoral 12; tail slightly convex; lateral line in 2 sections, rear section on tail base, 19-20 + 5 pored scales.

TP: iridescent dark blue green with scattered scale-sized black blotches on sides. IP: mainly pinkish orange without dark markings; juveniles either blackish brown or uniform sandy white or yellowish brown with dark stripe on upper part of side.

Size: reaches about 15 cm.

Inhabits open sand slopes, usually below 10m depth; in Galapagos adults often share this habitat with the garden eel Heteroconger klausewitzi.

Depth: 5-25 m.

Galapagos and Cocos.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Pelagic fish eggs
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Multiple oceanic islands endemic
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • All species
  • Island (s) only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Vulnerable
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 15
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 25