| Ecological Descriptors
||Cru, Mol, Wor
All Phases: Tail margin straight (cf. Green Razorfish [X. splendens]).
Terminal phase (Males): Mixture of patel green, blue and yellow. Dark area at base of pectoral fin. Dark bar on operculum.
Initial Phase(Female); Pearl white head. Body grey to rosy-pearl. White belly patch with reddish lines.
Juvenile Phase: Longitudinal brown/ reddish stripe on body and White belly patch with reddish lines
Most common in open sandy areas and seagrass from 5-15m (15-50ft). It feeds on small sand-dwelling invertebrates.
Species of Xyrichtys are called razorfish in allusion to their compressed bodies and the sharp leading edge of their forehead and snout, specialisations for diving head first into the sand when frightened.
A protogynous hermaphrodite laying pelagic eggs that hatch into pelagic larvae.
Rosy Razorfish (Intermediate Phase)
Rosy Razorfish (Terminal Phase)
(C) C Shipley