SOLDIER/ SQUIRRELFISH
HOLOCENTRIDAE
Longspine Squirrelfish
Holocentrus rufus
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size Diet Behaviour Sex 
Co, S 35 Cru, Mol, Ech Noct I F
 
 
Description:
Head and body red, body with light
silvery stripes and patches. Tail base and tail fin yellowish white. Elongated rear dorsal fin and upper tail lobe. Spiny dorsal reddish, with a prominent white triangular blotch behind each spine tip. Soft dorsal, anal, pelvic and pectoral fins reddish.

Ecology
Nocturnal, inhabits clear reefs from 0 to 32m. Found near mouths of caves and holes. At night they usually move to sandy areas and grass beds to feed on crabs, shrimps, gastropods and brittle stars.

Life Cycle:
Length at maturity ~14cm.
Longspine Squirrelfish
(C) Dr P Ryan/ RyanPhotographic
Longspine Squirrelfish
Longspine Squirrelfish
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