Horned Squirrelfish, Sargocentron cornutum (Bleeker 1853)

Other Names: Horned Squirrel-fish, Red-striped Squirrelfish, Tail-spot Squirrelfish, Threespot Squirrelfish

A Horned Squirrelfish, Sargocentron cornutum, in Komodo National Park, Manggarai, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia, August 2015. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A squirrelfish with alternating broad deep red and narrow silvery stripes, large anal fin spine bluish, a black blotch on the middle of the tail base and additional blotches at soft dorsal and anal fin bases that vary greatly in size between individuals or habitats.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Sargocentron cornutum in Fishes of Australia, accessed 16 Apr 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/1860

Horned Squirrelfish, Sargocentron cornutum (Bleeker 1853)

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Murion Islands and offshore reefs of Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, New Year Island, Northern Territory, and the northern Great Barrier Reef to Moreton Island, Queensland.
Inhabits coral-rich areas of outer reef slopes and drop-offs to depths below 40 m. Shelters deep inside caves or under ledges during the day.


Dorsal fin XI, 12-13; Anal fin IV, 9.


Nocturnal - feeds at night mostly on benthic crabs and shrimps.


Bray, D.J. 2017

Horned Squirrelfish, Sargocentron cornutum (Bleeker 1853)


Randall, J.E. 1998. Revision of the Indo-Pacific squirrelfishes (Beryciformes: Holocentridae: Holocentrinae) of the genus Sargocentron, with descriptions of four new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes (27): 105 pp.

Williams, I. & Greenfield, D. 2016. Sargocentron cornutum. (errata version published in 2017) The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T67900621A115442024. Downloaded on 19 April 2017.

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CAAB Code:37261033

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:6-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:27 cm SL

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