English : Silverspot squirrelfish
French : Poisson-écureuil tahitien
Class : Teleostei
Order : Holocentriformes
Family : Holocentridae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Reaches a maximal length of 25 cm. Big eyes, triangular head. One of the biggest species of its genus. Coloration bright dark red with white edges on each flank scales. White area on caudal peduncle and adjacent back. Red fins.
Range and habitat
Indo-Pacific, from Red Sea and East Africa (to South Africa) to Marshall Islands and French Polynesia, north to Japan, south to Australia. Lives in outer reefs, more rarely in lagoons, from 2 to 40 meters depth.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species seems numerous in its huge range. Its habitat remains preserved so far.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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