5 photos - 3 species


 There are two genera, each with two species.

They are narrow, elongated fish with a sharp,

knife-like ventral keel formed from bony plates,

which swim with their characteristic swimming style - head downwards.

Aeoliscus punctulatus

Speckled shrimpfish or jointed razorfish

 Maximum length: 15 cm

Depth: 1 - 17 m

Swims vertically with its head down to imitate leaves or to camouflage itself.

Photos 1 - 2 Johnny: Hurghada Egypt

Centriscus scutatus

Grooved razorfish

 Maximum length: 15 cm

Depth: 3 - 100m +

From often muddy coasts to deep, offshore habitats.

Singly, in pairs or in large dense schools.

Photo 1 Astrid: Lembeh Strait North Sulawesi

Aeoliscus strigatus

Razorfish, Jointed razorfish or Coral shrimpfish

 Maximum length: 14 cm

Depth: 1 - 30 m

Found in schools on clear coastal reefs and in lagoons over branching corals.

Photos 1 - 2 Johnny: Lembeh Strait North Sulawesi