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Olive-brown seasnake

Olive-brown seasnake

Blotcheye soldierfish

Blotcheye soldierfish

Hawaiian squirrelfish

Hawaiian squirrelfish

Blackbelt hogfish

Blackbelt hogfish

Emperor angelfish

Emperor angelfish

Powderblue surgeonfish

Powderblue surgeonfish

Azure damselfish

Azure damselfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Clown coris

Clown coris

Moorish idol

Moorish idol

Spotted surgeonfish

Spotted surgeonfish

Clown coris

Clown coris

Blue-spotted stingray

Blue-spotted stingray

Hawaiian squirrelfish

Hawaiian squirrelfish

Facts

LatinSargocentron xantherythrum
Size17 cm
FoodCrustaceans
HabitatCoral reefs
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationEastern Pacific Ocean around Hawaii
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Big eyes

The squirrelfish is named for its big eyes and red, squirrel-like colour. The squirrelfish only hunts at night. Its big eyes help it to see its prey in the dark.

Defence against predators

The squirrelfish may look harmless, but don’t be fooled by its big eyes. The squirrelfish is armed with spines on its back and a poisonous spine on each side of its head. The toxin is extremely painful to whatever it stings.


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