Squirrelfish

Squirrelfish
Squirrelfish
Holocentridae (Squirrelfishes)
Holocentrus adscensionis
0 to 60 ft
The squirrelfish, like all members of its family, is red to pink color with thin indistinct white to silver strips running the length of the body. The tips of the dorsal fin are bright yellow, a feature that can be seen even when the dorsal fin is not raised. The largest of the squirrelfish family, this fish reaches a length of 12 inches (30 cm). The squirrelfish is very common throughout the Caribbean. By day, it inhabits shady overhangs and reef outcroppings on shallow reefs and the top of drop-offs. At night it will venture out to hunt for small shrimps, crabs and other crustaceans.

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