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Holocentridae Holocentrus Squirrelfish - Soldierfish
  Common Name Scientific Name
Sabre Squirrelfish
Sabre Squirrelfish Sargocentron spiniferum
Blackfin Squirrelfish
Blackfin Squirrelfish Neoniphon opercularis
Shadowfin Soldierfish, Crimson Soldierfish
Shadowfin Soldierfish, Crimson Soldierfish Myripristis adusta


Squirrelfish belong to the Holocentridae family. Most Squirrelfish, often confused with their relatives the Soldierfish, are classified in the genera Holocentrus, Sargocentron, or Myripristus. Most of these fish reach a size of around five inches in an aquarium, and in the wild, the largest member of this family grows to an adult size of over 17 inches. They are easily recognized by their red or orange colour and large eyes. Squirrelfish are most active at night, and can often be heard emitting a distinctive grunting noise, made by contracting the muscles around their swimbladder.

Squirrelfish fish are found throughout the world and are almost always associated with coral reefs. Most Squirrelfish frequent ledges or overhangs in large groups, and often swim inverted. Their diet includes small fish, plankton, and other invertebrates. Squirrelfish are very hardy aquarium fish that adapt well to life in an aquarium if provided with the proper environment. The ideal aquarium for these fish includes a larger sized aquarium (over 70 gallons), plenty of rockwork and overhangs, and a well-sealed lid. Squirrelfish do best when maintained in a small group. All Squirrelfish should be introduced to the aquarium simultaneously to limit aggression toward one particular fish. No distinguishing characteristics differentiate males from females, and the breeding of these fish in an aquarium is extremely difficult. Source:


Angel Fish
Anthias / Basslet
Damselfish / Anemonefish
Gobies / Dartfish
Lionfish / Scorpionfish
Squirrelfish / Soldierfish
Surgeonfishes / Tangs




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