Iniistius aneitensis (G√ľnther, 1862)
Yellowblotch razorfish
photo by Randall, J.E.

 Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Xyrichtyinae
 Max. size:  24 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 12 - 92 m
 Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Chagos Islands to the Hawaiian Islands, north to the Ryukyus; Marianas and Marshalls in Micronesia.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 12-12. Pale, usually showing 4 bars on the body and spots on the head when small. Faint or no vertical bar below eye (Ref. 48636).
 Biology:  Lives on open, clean, sandy areas of lagoon and seaward slopes (Ref. 9710, 37816). Benthic and benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Dives into sand to sleep safely at night or to hide when alarmed (Ref. 90102).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
 Country info:   

 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 10.06.92
 Modified by: Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz - 17.05.13
 Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 05.06.95

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