Fivefinger Razorfish (Iniistius pentadactylus)

Also known as Fivefinger Wrasse, Redspot Razor Wrasse, Redspot Razorfish, Sand Wrasse

Description

Also known as Fivefinger Wrasse, Redspot Razor Wrasse, Redspot Razorfish, Sand Wrasse.

Found in harems over algae patches, sand and seagrass bottoms of coastal reefs.
When disturbed they will dive into the sand and can "swim" for long distances through the sand to deter predators.
They feed on hard shell invertebrates.
Juveniles brightly coloured and can look like dead leaves.
Length - 25cm
Depth - 2-30m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Most reef fish seen by divers during the day are grazers, that cruise around just above the surface of the coral or snoop into crevices looking for algae, worms and small crustaceans.
Wrasses have small protruding teeth and graze the bottom taking in a variety of snails, worms, crabs, shrimps and eggs. Any hard coats or thick shells are then ground down by their pharyngeal jaws and the delicacies inside digested.
From juvenile to adult wrasses dramatically alter their colour and body shapes.
Wrasses are always on the go during the day, but are the first to go to bed and the last to rise.
Small wrasses dive below the sand to sleep and larger wrasses wedge themselves in crevasses. (edit) Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/7747

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