Sargocentron suborbitale (Gill, 1863)
Tinsel squirrelfish
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Holocentridae (Squirrelfishes, soldierfishes), subfamily: Holocentrinae
Max. size:  25.4 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Gulf of California to Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 11-11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14; Anal spines: 4-4; Anal soft rays: 8-9; Vertebrae: 27-27. Body deep and somewhat compressed; caudal peduncle narrow; eyes large; pelvic fins with 1 spine and 7 soft rays (I, 7); preopercle with small serrations and a large, pointed spine at the angle; body violet pink; back bronze (Ref. 55763). Branchiostegal rays: 8-8 (Ref. 36626).
Biology:  Adults hide in small caves or in crevices and cracks of rocks during the day. At night, they feed on small crustaceans in the intertidal zone, less than 3 m in depth. Oviparous, with planktonic larvae (Ref. 36626). Appear only occasionally in markets where it is sold fresh.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 24 May 2007 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 04.07.95
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 06.12.12

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