Small fish, only a few inches. White, with very light blueish scrawls on the face. Reddish or orange blotch in the middle of the body, on both sides. Reddish color on all fins.
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Looks like you've found a Pearly Razorfish. Very interesting fish that dives head first into the sand to escape predators.
Cool! I was suspecting that species, but couldn't find a pic that matched anywhere. I will go with that.
Thanks very much! I had to take pics of this when I saw it swimming - totally new to me.
That is actually a much more common Green Razorfish. It will always have a red eye and you will note the body highlights are green.
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I would have to say that it is a Pearly Razorfish as the eye are not red and It has the Reddish band on the side instead of the 2 black dots. Head shape and eye placement is hard to tell but it does appear to be in the right range
I favor pearly razorfish- the species are hard to tell apart sometimes- but the bloody red spot on the side is a rare manifestation of pearlies. Greens are not usually uniformly pale like this and I have never seen one with the big red patch.
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