Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Labridae
(Wrasses) > Xyrichtyinae
Etymology: Iniistius: Latin, in = in + Greek, istion = sail; auropunctatus: Named for the numerous tiny orange spots on the body of both males and females.. More on author: Randall.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 15 - 17 m (Ref. 39775). Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 39775); 10.3 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 12;
Vertebrae: 25. Body depth 2.75-3.2 in SL. A broad band of small scales extending from below eye to slightly below corner of mouth; 2 or 3 scales dorsoanteriorly on opercle. First and second dorsal spines flexible, about twice length of third spine, slightly longer than longest dorsal soft ray, and not separated from remainder of fin; space between 2nd and 3rd dorsal spines about 1.5 times greater than space between 3rd and 4th spines; membrane between 2nd and 3rd dorsal spines incised to about 1/3 length of 3rd dorsal spine. A small black spot a scale row below 8th lateral line scale (above tip of pectoral fin). Both sexes with a row of orange dots along lateral line and scattered dots below, posteriorly on body; females with a large roundish pink patch dorsally on abdomen containing oblique orange lines on scale edges, ending dorsally in orange spots; males with black lines variously under edges of 2nd to 6th lateral-line scales, sometimes extending to row above or below, and no pink patch on abdomen (Ref. 39775).
Eastern Central Pacific: Marquesas Islands.
Inhabits sandy areas; quickly dives into the sand when threatened (Ref. 39775).
Randall, J.E., J.L. Earle and D.R. Robertson, 2002. Iniistius auropunctatus, a new razorfish (Perciformes: Labridae) from the Marquesas Islands. Cybium 26(2):93-98. (Ref. 39775)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) .