Speckled Shrimpfish

Aeoliscus punctulatus

Often referred to as the razorfish, the speckled shrimpfish is native to the Western Indian Ocean and can be found from the Red Sea to Algoa Bay in South Africa. It is usually associated with seagrass beds and coral reefs. It grows to a maximum of 15 centimetres, and has a sharp snout and a long, tapered shape. With its pale green body and single black stripe, the speckled shrimpfish is easily identified. It especially stands out for its ability to swim vertically in synchronised schools. This camouflage technique allows the fish to blend in with long-spined sea urchins and

Speckled Shrimpfish

branching corals. The speckled shrimpfish feeds on small crustaceans and larvae, and is likely to be at risk due to its reliance on sensitive habitats and the fact that it is targeted by the aquarium trade.

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