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Long spine squirrelfish Cozumel, 2007.<br />
The body of the longspine squirrelfish is silvery red, with orange-gold body stripes. Its eyes are very large, which is characteristic of all squirrelfish. The rear dorsal fin is pronounced and sticks up. The anal fin has a strongly elongated third spine, from which this squirrelfish gets its name. Their big eyes helps them see in the dark as they are night hunters in the coral reef. Geotagged,Holocentrus rufus,Mexico,Spring Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Long spine squirrelfish

Cozumel, 2007.
The body of the longspine squirrelfish is silvery red, with orange-gold body stripes. Its eyes are very large, which is characteristic of all squirrelfish. The rear dorsal fin is pronounced and sticks up. The anal fin has a strongly elongated third spine, from which this squirrelfish gets its name. Their big eyes helps them see in the dark as they are night hunters in the coral reef.

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  1. Awesome. What is the function of the big eyes, do you know? Posted 3 years ago
  2. I think their eyes are adapted to see in the total dark as these fishes are predators and they are active at night. We could compare it to the eyes of owls :-) (I have added this info in the description.) Posted 3 years ago

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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 . It lives in coral reefs in tropical and warm temperate seas and eats zoobenthos. It is territorial and uses sounds called “grunts” and “staccatos” to defend its crevice,.. more

Similar species: Squirrelfishes, Roughies
Species identified by Patomarazul
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Uploaded Jul 5, 2016. Captured Mar 28, 2007 12:07 in Unnamed Road, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
  • C5050Z
  • f/6.3
  • 10/1000s
  • ISO64
  • 21.3mm