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Species: Xyrichtys wellingtoni, Clipperton razorfish, Wellington's razorfish

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IP: pinkish white
TP: purplish-red, scale centers darker

Xyrichtys wellingtoni Allen & Robertson, 1995

Wellington's razorfish, Clipperton razorfish

Head and body strongly compressed; head profile sloping, 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, 21 + 5 pored scales; head scaleless except for few scales below eye.

IP: pale pinkish white body and fins; TP: bluey pink, scale centers darker.

Size: 10 cm.

Habitat: fine deep sand.

Depth: 15-70 m.

Endemic to Clipperton Atoll.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Water column
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • Zooplankton
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • Clipperton Island endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Vulnerable
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 10
Depth Range Min
  • 15
Depth Range Max
  • 70