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Holocentrus adscensionis - Squirrelfish

Holocentrus adscensionis - Squirrelfish Photo courtesy: Geoff Schultz

Squirrelfish have a reddish body with a white underside and a yellowish front dorsal fin. They are aptly named for their distinctive, large, squirrel-like eye. Adults usually range between 6 and 14 inches in length and live at depths between 4 and 40 feet. Squirrelfish typically hide in holes and under ledges during the day and feed at the bottom during the night.


Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Western Atlantic: North Carolina, USA and Bermuda to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and throughout the West Indies and Caribbean shores. Eastern Atlantic: Gabon, Angola, St. Paul's Rocks, St. Helena and Ascension Island.


Habitat
A nocturnal species, hiding in deep crevices or under coral ledges during the day.


Diet
At night it usually moves over sand and grass beds, taking mainly crabs and other small crustaceans.


Quick Fact
The squirrelfish can use its swim bladder to make noises and communicate.


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