Longspine Squirrelfish Facts
- The term Longspine Squirrelfish represents the collective name for a genus of small tropical fish. There also appear to be roughly 150 species within this genus, which forms a small order of beryciformes.
- Unfortunately for the species, it now constitutes a staple fish in the majority of public aquariums, due to its bright coloring.
- The Longspine Squirrelfish remains a highly territorial species within its native environment.
- It also actually appears to be capable of vocalizing sounds that sound similar to a series of staccatos or grunts.
- These individuals utilize to defend their territory. Further, the animal often works together in large groups to defend against even such predators as the dragon moray eel.
Longspine Squirrelfish Physical Characteristics
The Longspine Squirrelfish remains an often brilliantly colored species of ocean fish. Individual color patterns also vary, but typically they manifest orange to gold stripes on a background of silvery red.
Its eyes develop as comparatively large, which is a typical trait of all squirrelfish. Adults average about 7.8 in (18 cm) in overall length.
This species derives its name from the highly elongated third spine on its anal fin.
Species: H. rufus
Longspine Squirrelfish Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The majority of individuals of the rather uniquely named Longspine Squirrelfish live along the eastern coast of the United States, in North America, to the coastal regions of northern portions of South America.
It primarily inhabits specific types of habitat in both temperate and tropical regions. There, it will nearly always be found thriving among coral reefs.
This genus of fish is primarily a nocturnal feeder, and will most typically prey upon small mollusks, gastropods, and crustaceans.
The truly remarkable vocalization that the species has evolved is primarily used as a means of defending its territory from intruders.