Blackbar soldierfish

Blackbar soldierfish
Blackbar soldierfish
Holocentridae (Squirrelfishes)
Myripristis jacobus
0 to 60 ft
The body is reddish in color, paling to silver on the underside. There is a distinct dark red or brownish black bar running across the gill cover to the base of the pectoral fin. Unlike other squirrelfishes, the spine at the base of the gill is not prominent. The blackbar soldierfish grows to a length 8 inches (20 cm). The blackbar soldierfish is common throughout the |Caribbean, including the Cayman Islands. It inhabits coral reefs, hiding in caves or crevices during the day, coming out to feed on crustaceans at night. This fish is sometimes seen accompanied by a parasitic isopod that attaches itself to the fish's head.

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