Specimen #: BBEL_0082, Collection Event #: BLIZ_005, Common Name: Longspine squirrelfish, Scientific Name: Holocentrus rufus, Size: 7 inches overall length (18cm), Location: Smithsonian Institution's Field Station on Carrie Bow Cay, Belize
Norman Island, Privateer Bay, BVI
This was a small (4") squirrelfish which never showed it's dorsal fin
The longspine squirrelfish is silvery red, with orange-gold body stripes. One of about 150 species of squirrelfish, their most distinguishing characteristics are their large eyes and the long third spine of the anal fin. It is often included in public aquarium displays. The length of the longspine squirrelfish is about 18 cm (7.8 inches). It lives in coral reefs in tropical and warm temperate seas and eats zoobenthos. It is territorial and uses sounds called “grunts” and...