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root Xenacoelomorpha / Chordatiere / Xenacoelomorpha  

class Osteichthyes / Knochenfische / Bony Fish  
    order   Perciformes / Barschartige / perch-likes  
      family   Labridae / Lippfische / Wrasses  
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latin name
Picture type Labridae dissemination
  Xyrichtys splendens
german name
  Grüner Schermesserfisch
english name
  Green razorfish
discoverer Castelnau, 1855
size 15 cm
risk Not dangerous!
occurrence Amerikanische Jungferninseln, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Brasilien, Cayman Inseln, Florida, Golf von Mexiko, Guatemala, Karibik, Kolumbien, Kuba, Mexiko (Ostpazifik), Nicaragua, Niederländischen Antillen, Panama, Puerto Rico, Suriname, USA, Venezuela, West-Atlantik
description The knife wrasse occurs near coral reefs on flat and sandy surfaces and also in sea grass meadows
and is also imported specifically for the seawater trade.
On the run from predators, the wrasse burrows into the sea sand at lightning speed and also sleeps buried in the sand at night. For this reason, a seawater aquarium must have a sufficiently high sandy bottom.
Males have a predominantly greenish basic tone, adult fish have a dark-edged blue spot in the middle of the page, which fades a little.
This spot is missing for juvenile fish, they have a trick, often known in the animal kingdom, to camouflage themselves to avoid predators, they imitate a leaf floating in the water (mimicry).
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