Spotfin Squirrelfish (Neoniphon sammara)

Also known as Armed Squirrelfish, Blood-drop Squirrelfish, Bloodspot Squirrelfish, Javelin Squirrelfish, Lonchin Soldierfish, Sam Soldierfish, Sammara Soldierfish, Sammara Squirrelfish, Slender Squirrelfish, Spotfin Silver Squirrelfish

Description

Also known as Armed Squirrelfish, Blood-drop Squirrelfish, Bloodspot Squirrelfish, Javelin Squirrelfish, Lonchin Soldierfish, Sam Soldierfish, Sammara Soldierfish, Sammara Squirrelfish, Slender Squirrelfish, Spotfin Silver Squirrelfish.

Found singly or in schools during the day close to Acropora corals, out hunting for food at night over hard bottoms and seagrass beds of reef flats, lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed nocturnally on crustaceans and small fish.
Venomous spines.
Length - 24cm
Depth - 0-45m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Squirrelfish are nocturnal hunters feeding near the bottom on small fish and swimming crustaceans. During the day they often congregate close to reefs and in caves, sometimes found upside down in caves.
Their colour can change greatly in different lights and if threatened.
Some of this family have venomous spines. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/4911

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