Longspine squirrelfish

Longspine squirrelfish
Holocentridae (Squirrelfishes)
Holocentrus rufus
0 to 100+ ft
The body is bright red with thin silver stripes and faint pale blotches. The spines of the first dorsal fin are tipped with white triangular markings. The rear dorsal fin and upper lobe of the tail are elongated. A long spine extends from the bottom of the gill cover. The longspine squirrelfish grows to a length of 10 inches (25cm). The longspine squirrelfish 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.

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