Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Centriscus cristatus
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 4
Species With Barcodes: 1
The smooth razorfish possesses a body at the same time very stretched and compressed laterally, it can reach a size of maximum 30 cm. Its snout is long and tubular. Its fins are translucent and the dorsal spine is rigid. Its body coloration is bright silver with a dusky to yellow middle line and with bluish streaks perpendicular to the median line.
Distribution & habitat
Centriscus cristatus is found in the central Indo-Pacific area between in the west the western Indonesia until the Marshall Islands to the east, and the Australian shore (west, north and east) New-Caledonia included for the southern limit to the south Japan in the northern limit. It likes shallow coastal waters and estuaries until 10 m depth.
It occurs solitary or in small groups,swimming head down but can adopted an horizontal fast swimming posture in case of danger. It feeds on small planktonic crustaceans, particularly ampipoda and mysids.
- Grant, E.M., 1986. Guide to fishes. Reprinted edition. The Department of Harbours and Marine. Brisbane, Queensland. 896 p.
- Thompson, Vanessa; Bray, Dianne. "Smooth Razorfish, Centriscus cristatus". Fishes of Australia. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
- Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann, 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth, Australia: Universitiy of Hawai'i Press, Volumes I-III. Tropical Reef Research.
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