Jointed Razorfish (species: Aeoliscus strigatus) in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Aeoliscus strigatus
Jointed Razorfish

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

©Anne Hoggett: Jointed Razorfish at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: A school of Jointed Razorfish at Lizard Island in typical head-down position. Note the hinged dorsal spine (uppermost part of animal) showing on some individuals.
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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