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Species: Xyrichtys species B, Revillagigedos razorfish

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IP: cream & brown central stripe
TP: brown + dark scale centers

Xyrichtys species B

Revillagigedos razorfish

Head and body strongly compressed; head profile steep, with a fleshy longitudinal keel at front; eye on upper ½ of head;dorsal fin continuous, IX, spines regularly spaced; tail slightly convex; lateral line in 2 sections, rear section on tail base.

IP: head and body pale cream, darker above; cheeks and operculum pearly white; a broad mid-brown midlateral stripe from behind the eye to just above the center of the base of the tail fin; 5 indistinct dark bars above this stripe, between nape and end of dorsal fin; dorsal fin translucent with a brown cast (which may extend onto the top of the back), paling towards the rear; tail translucent with a brownish tinge, anal and pelvic fins cream, pectorals clear; iris yellowish-cream with a thin orange ring. TP: mid-brown body, with darker spots on scales forming lines along body; head mid-brown, paler around snout, mouth, rear of preoperculum and upper edge of operculum, iris with orange ring; dorsal and anal fins dark translucent brown; tail with dark brown base, paling to rear

Size: ~ 10 cm.

Habitat: sandy and rubble bottoms.

Depth: 5-30 m.

Known only from photographs taken at Socorro Island in the Revillagigedos Islands by D Gotshall.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Bottom
  • Water column
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Revillagigedo Islands endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 10
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 30