aeoliscus strigatus

The striped shrimpfish is remarkable for its strange body shape and swimming habits. It has a straight, sleek, razor-like body with one long, sharp spine and two shorter spines at the end of the body. The dorsal (back) and caudal (tail) fins are found below these spines. The shrimpfish’s elongated, slender body is encased in an armor of thin and transparent bony plates. Body length up to 17 cm. Wine red on top and dark yellow underneath, with a black longitudinal band and three silver spots on both sides of each bony plate. (Photograph: Rod Klein)