Longjaw squirrelfish

Longjaw squirrelfish
Longjaw squirrelfish
Holocentridae (Squirrelfishes)
Holocentrus marianus
61 to 100+ ft
The body of the longjaw squirrelfish is silvery red and faintly striped with silvery orange. It is distinguished by having an unusually long spine projecting from the anal fin. The snout is pointed with a prominent lower jaw. The first dorsal fin is orange with white spots along the margin and the base. A spine associated with the gill cover is long. This fish reaches a length of 10 inches (25 cm). The longjaw squirrelfish is found throughout the Caribbean, including the Cayman Islands. It is rare on shallow reefs, but common on deeper reefs. It is nocturnal, hiding in caves during the day and coming out to feed on crustaceans at night.

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