Very special thanks for the first photos of his wonderful razor-wrasse to Nick Chapman from Chaloklum Diving Koh Phangan, Thailand.
Referring to Fishbase and IUCN (Red List of Threatened Species) Iniistius trivittatus is not native to Thailand, Nick and his team now have proved the opposite!
Juveniles wrasses are found in coastal waters along reef edges on sand or rubble, or open patches on reef, adults occur mainly in deep outer reef habitats in small loose group along sand ridges.
Species of Iniistius are called razorfish in allusion to their compressed bodies and the sharp leading edge of their forehead and snout, specialisations for quick entry into sand.
For more informations about the wrasse and Chaloklum Diving please click on the link below.
Xyrichtys trivittatus Randall & Cornish, 2000
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Labroidei (Suborder) > Labridae (Family) > Iniistius (Genus) > Iniistius trivittatus (Species)