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Species: Sargocentron bullisi, Deepwater Squirrelfish

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body: dark bordered, thin white stripes
spiny D orange, juvs - small black spot at front
inside pectoral base - pale

Sargocentron bullisi (Woods, 1955)

Deepwater Squirrelfish

Body oblong, elongate; snout pointed; eye very large; mouth small, oblique; lower jaw not projecting; edges of bones of operculum and under eye with series of slender spines; 1-2 enlarged spines on edge of operculum; a long stout spine at corner of preopercle; 10-14 lower gill rakers; dorsal fin with XI spines, a distinct gap between last spine and first ray of soft dorsal, front soft rays not elongate; 12 (11-12) soft rays; anal with IV spines, 3rd spine extremely long and stout, 7-8; pectoral 14 (13-15); pelvics I, 7; tail forked; scales large, very rough.

Red, white below; upper body yellowish orange; body with thin white stripes edged above and below by thin dark red borders; spiny dorsal orange, a small black spot behind tip of 1st dorsal spine in small fish only; soft dorsal, anal and tail fins translucent red; inside pectoral fin base pale.

Reaches 16 cm.

Lives on inshore and offshore reefs.

Depth range: 0-128 m.

N Carolina to Suriname.

Note: Probably belongs in the genus Neoniphon.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 16
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 128