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Shrimpfishes, Family Centriscidae, Darlings of the Public Aquarium Interest


By Bob Fenner

Aeoliscus punctulatus

Family Info: Indo-Pacific; all marine. Two genera comprising four species. Thin, sharp bodied to the point of looking like shiny razors. On close examination you can see the body is encased in bony armor, sharp on the ventral side/edge (these fishes typically swim in groups, head-down... "going horizontal" at times for bursts of high-speed swimming. Toothless mouths.

Aeoliscus strigatus (Gunther 1860), the Coral Shrimpfish. Indo-Pacific. To 14 cm. in height/length, longest dimension. N. Sulawesi images. http://fishbase.sinica.edu.tw/Country/
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Aeoliscus punctulatus (Bianconi 1855-59), the Speckled Shrimpfish. Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea and Kenya to Algoa Bay, South Africa. To 15 cm. in height/length, longest dimension. Aquarium image.

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Centriscus scutatus Linnaeus 1758, the Rigid Shrimpfish. Indo-Pacific. To six inches in height. N. Sulawesi picture.

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