Holocentridae Holocentrus – Squirrelfish Soldierfish

Squirrelfish belong to the family of Holocentridae. The Squirrelfish, are classified in the genera Holocentrus, Sargocentron, or Myripristus. They reach a size of around five inches in an aquarium. However in the wild, the largest member of this family grows to an adult size of over 17 inches.

They are easily recognised by their red or orange colour and enormous eyes. They are very 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 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.

Common NameScientific Name
Sabre SquirrelfishSargocentron spiniferum
Blackfin SquirrelfishNeoniphon opercularis
Shadowfin Soldierfish, Crimson SoldierfishMyripristis adusta

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