Xyrichtys Novacula




1 - 1 pounds

5" - 8"

Pearly Razorfish 

Also Known As: Cleaver wrasse, Razor wrasse, Sand wrasse, Razorfish.

Pearly Razorfish (Xyrichtys novacula) Fish Description

The Pearly Razorfish, also known under the names of the Cleaver wrasse, Razor wrasse, Sand wrasse, and the Razorfish.

They are often found yellow-orange or reddish-pink in color, with a darker gradient on top and lightening towards their undersides, that is marked with green-grey stripes. They have elongated and laterally flat bodies, as they are very compressed with their head flattened as well, with a steep profile and sharp teeth. Their head shows narrow light blue vertical lines, and they have scales with brisk reflexes on their stomachs. Pearly Razorfish has a long dorsal fin extending through most of its back, with 9 dorsal spines and 12 dorsal soft rays. And that they also have 3 anal spines and 12 anal soft rays. 


Pearly Razorfish Diet & Size

Pearly Razorfish diets include feeding on small invertebrates, like crustaceans, mollusks, and echinoderms. Pearly Razorfish can grow in length reaching up to 15 in, though most of them do not exceed 7.9 in. 


Interesting Facts about Pearly Razorfish

  • Pearly Razorfish, when disturbed, buries themselves briskly in the bottom to take cover.
  • When a Pearly Razorfish faces capture, they are known to turning their mouth and sharp protruding teeth up to a 90-degree angle (in relation to their own body) at either side to evade capture.
  • The Pearly Razorfish is known to have a playful demeanor, especially among divers.
  • The Pearly Razorfish is apparently a protogynous hermaphrodite.
  • Not many people capture this fish because there's not much use for it in cuisines.


Pearly Razorfish - Fishing Techniques

When shore fishing for Pearly Razorfish, also known as Wrasse, they can be caught using a wide variety of baits, such as sand eels, small pieces of fish like herring, mackerel, squid, etc. But it is preferably best