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Xyrichtys martinicensis - Valenciennes, 1840
Rosy Razorfish

Like other razorfishes, this species likes to bury itself in a deep sand bed. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This Atlantic razorfish is found in sand flats and seagrass beds, where it feeds on small, benthic invertebrates. It is likely to feed on worms, small snails, ornamental shrimps, and juvenile serpent stars—although it is entirely safe with corals.

Family: Labridae

Other common name(s):

  • Straight-tail Razorfish

Native range:

Habitat: In nature, it is most commonly found in open sandy areas.

Maximum length: 15 cm (6 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 285 L (75 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

Drs. Foster and Smith Inc.

[edit] Feeding

Meaty foods, including shredded frozen seafood, mysid shrimp, frozen preparations, and pigment-enriched flake food. Feed at least once a day, unless you have a healthy stock of crustaceans and worms for it to feed on, in which case you can feed every other day.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Keep one male per tank. If the reef tank is large enough (180 gallons [684 L] or more), a male and one or more females may be included.

[edit] Special Care

As with other razorfishes, provide an open, deep sand bed in which it can bury.

[edit] Notes

This species is sexually dichromatic.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Rosy RazorfishRDF feed
Common name Rosy Razorfish  +, and Straight-tail Razorfish  +
Family Labridae  +
Genus Xyrichtys  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 6 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 75 gal  +
Native range Western Atlantic  +, Southern Florida  +, Bahamas  +, and Northern South America  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name martinicensis  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +

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