The Hawaiian Squirrelfish (Sargocentron xantherythrum) is a marine (saltwater) fish in the Holocentridae family. It is also known as the Striped Squirrelfish.
The Hawaiian Squirrelfish is reddish in colour with thin white stipes running along its body. It has sharp gill spines and rough scales. It has a large mouth and large eyes.
It grows to about 17 centimetres (7 inches) in length.
It is endemic to the waters of the Hawaiian Islands. It lives in reefs, and likes to live near caves and ledges.
It is a nocturnal fish that is more active at night. It feeds on worms, crabs, shrimp, and sea stars (starfish).
Location of photographs: Aquarium de Paris-Cinéaqua, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM