Centriscus cristatus (De Vis, 1885)
Smooth razorfish
photo by Greenfield, J.

Family:  Centriscidae (Snipefishes and shrimpfishes), subfamily: Centriscinae
Max. size:  30 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - 10 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Indonesia, New Caledonia and northern Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 3-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12; Anal soft rays: 13-14. Main dorsal spine rigid, without joint. Dusky to yellow mid-lateral stripe and adults with several blue bars along upper sides (Ref. 48635). Description: Characterized by extremely thin or flattened and nearly transparent body with yellow-brown stripe from snout, through eye, to base of caudal fin; horizontal first dorsal spine, projecting beyond tail tip, without movable segment posteriorly; interorbital convex without groove (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Found on coastal waters. Occurs solitary or in small groups in seagrass habitats, inshore or in estuaries (Ref. 48635). Benthic (Ref. 75154). Largest shrimpfish (Ref. 48635).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 09 November 2015 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 29.07.94
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 01.03.13

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