Tag: Razorfish (Aeoliscus Strigatus)

Razorfish (Aeoliscus Strigatus) belong to a small group of only 5 species within the subfamily Centriscinae sometimes referred to as Shrimpfish.

They are one of the most peculiar fish species found in local waters due to their distinctive shape and unusual swimming position.

Their bodies are highly compressed and elongated, giving rise to their common name of "razor" fish.

They swim in a vertical position with their head facing down and sharply pointed tail facing upwards.

It is commonly thought that this swimming posture is an adaptation which allows them to seek refuge within the sharp spines of Sea Urchins (Echinoidea).

Due to their silvery colouration and flattened body shape, they can be reasonably difficult to spot, which makes them appear less common than they probably are.

They can be found in shallow water along the edge of the reefs at Koh Ma/Mae Haad and Angthong Marine Park as well as in the deeper water surrounding sites such as Sail Rock.

As Razorfish are reasonably adaptable regarding water temperature and salinity, it is highly likely that they are far more widespread than the locations mentioned above.

Razorfish (Aeoliscus Strigatus) belong to a small group of only 5 species within the subfamily Centriscinae sometimes referred to as Shrimpfish.

They are one of the most peculiar fish species found in local waters due to their distinctive shape and unusual swimming position.

Their bodies are highly compressed and elongated, giving rise to their common name of "razor" fish.

They swim in a vertical position with their head facing down and sharply pointed tail facing upwards.

It is commonly thought that this swimming posture is an adaptation which allows them to seek refuge within the sharp spines of Sea Urchins (Echinoidea).

Due to their silvery colouration and flattened body shape, they can be reasonably difficult to spot, which makes them appear less common than they probably are.

They can be found in shallow water along the edge of the reefs at Koh Ma/Mae Haad and Angthong Marine Park as well as in the deeper water surrounding sites such as Sail Rock.

As Razorfish are reasonably adaptable regarding water temperature and salinity, it is highly likely that they are far more widespread than the locations mentioned above.

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Razorfish (Aeoliscus Strigatus)

Razorfish (Aeoliscus Strigatus) can be quite difficult to approach and even more difficult to photograph due to their body shape and silvery colouration.