Cymolutes praetextatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)
Knife razorfish
Cymolutes praetextatus
photo by Greenfield, J.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Cheilininae
Max. size:  20 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 10 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa south to Natal, South Africa (Ref. 4392) and east to the Society Islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 2-3; Anal soft rays: 11-12. Has a broad yellow lateral stripe (Ref. 37816).
Biology:  A solitary species (Ref. 90102) that inhabits reef flats and shallow lagoons, in sandy, current-swept areas with rubble and weed (Ref. 9710). Feeds on small benthic invertebrates (Ref. 89972). Capable of diving into the sand with the approach of danger. Rarely caught by fishers or aquarium collectors (Ref. 9823).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 25 March 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 10.06.92
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 17.10.14
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 05.05.95

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