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Holocentrus rufus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Beryciformes
Family: Holocentridae
Subfamily: Holocentrinae
J. Richardson, 1846

Holocentrinae is a subfamily of the Holocentridae fish. Two genera of Squirrelfishes of the subfamily Holocentrinae are found in the Indo-Pacific region: Neoniphon (Flammeo of recent authors) and Sargocentron (Adioryx of most recent authors). A total of 19 species of these two genera occur in the Indian Ocean west of the southern tip of India[2]

They are typically known as squirrelfish. They are nocturnal.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). "Holocentridae" in FishBase. October 2012 version.
  2. ^ Randal, J.E. and Heemstra, P.C. 1985. A review of the squirrelfishes of the subfamily Holocentrinae from the Western Indian Ocean and Red Sea. Ichthyological Bulletin of the J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology; No. 49. J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology, Rhodes University.

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