Sargocentron xantherythrum

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Sargocentron xantherythrum
Red Fish at Papahānaumokuākea.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Beryciformes
Family: Holocentridae
Genus: Sargocentron
Species: S. xantherythrum
Binomial name
Sargocentron xantherythrum
(D. S. Jordan & Evermann, 1903)


Sargocentron xantherythrum[1] commonly known as Hawaiian squirrelfish or Striped Squirrelfish is a member of the Squirrelfish family that is endemic[2] to the Hawaiian islands. It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. It grows to a length of 17 centimeters (6.7 in). [3]

Physical description[edit]

This fish has a red coloration with white stripes running along the body. It has sharp gill spines and rough scales that can cause the fish to be snagged in netting materials. [4]

Behavior[edit]

This is a nocturnal species that is much more active at night. It inhabits seaward reefs below the surge zone, and is common near caves and ledges. It feeds mainly on worms, crustaceans and starfish. [5] [6]


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