Jointed Razorfish (species: Aeoliscus strigatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Aeoliscus strigatus
Jointed Razorfish

©Anne Hoggett: Aeoliscus strigatus at North Point, Lizard Island.

©Andy Lewis: A school of Aeoliscus strigatus at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Jointed Razorfish at Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Gasterosteiformes
Family Centriscidae
Genus Aeoliscus
Species Aeoliscus strigatus



Distinguishing features

Extremely compressed laterally with a long thin snout and a wide brown stripe along the side. Head-down living position, usually in small schools. The first dorsal spine (uppermost part of the animal in normal position) is hinged, allowing the end of the spine to move.


  • Up to 15 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Caley, M.J. (1991). Mechanisms of coexistence in communities of coral-reef fishes, Ph.D. thesis, University of Sydney. LIRS catalog number 307.
  • Caley, M.J. (1995). Reef fish community structure and dynamics: in interaction between local and larger-scale processes? Marine Ecology Progress Series, 129: 19-29. LIRS catalog number 448.
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