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Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

A solitary species that inhabits a variety of reef zones from reef flats to lagoon and seaward reefs to a depth of at least 122 m and is fairly common in areas not subjected to heavy spear fishing. Found under ledges during the day (Ref. 9710). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Largest species of squirrelfish and the highest-bodied Sargocentron (Ref. 37816). Juvenile inhabits shallow protected reefs. A nocturnal species that feeds on crabs, shrimps and small fishes. Spine of preopercle venomous. Largest squirrelfish (Ref. 48635).
  • Randall, J.E. 1998 Revision of the Indo-Pacific squirrelfishes (Beryciformes: Holocentridae: Holocentrinae) of the genus Sargocentron, with descriptions of four new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (27):105 p. (Ref. 27370)
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Distribution

Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa (Ref. 4201) to the Hawaiian and Ducie islands, north to southern Japan, south to Australia; throughout Micronesia.
  • Myers, R.F. 1991 Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 1602)
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Red Sea, Indo-West-Pacific: East Africa, South Africa, Seychelles, Madagascar and Mascarenes east to Hawaiian Islands and Pitcairn Group, north to southern Japan and Ogasawara Islands, south to Western Australia at 17°30'S, Queensland (Australia), New Cal
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14 - 16; Analspines: 4; Analsoft rays: 9 - 10
  • Myers, R.F. 1989 Micronesian reef fishes: A practical guide to the identification of the inshore marine fishes of the tropical central and western Pacific. First Edition. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 4538)
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Size

Maximum size: 450 mm TL
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Max. size

51.0 cm FL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637)); max. published weight: 2,550 g (Ref. 40637)
  • IGFA 2001 Database of IGFA angling records until 2001. IGFA, Fort Lauderdale, USA. (Ref. 40637)
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Diagnostic Description

Head and body red, scale edges silvery white; spinous dorsal crimson in color; other fins orange-yellow; vertically oblong crimson spot on preopercle behind eye (Ref. 4201). Five oblique scale rows on cheek; body depth 2.4-2.6 in SL; head length (HL) 2.55-2.85 in SL; lower jaw when closed slightly to moderately projecting; snout length 3.0-3.8 in HL larger than orbit diameter in adults; interorbital width 6.3-8.7 in HL; maxilla extending posteriorly to a vertical at front edge of the orbit; anterior end of nasal bone often with 2 close-set, short spines; medioposterior margin of nasal bone spineless; large nasal fossa spineless on margin; slight ridge of upper edge of suborbital bones weakly serrate; 2 subequal opercular spines; long preopercular spine, usually greater than orbit diameter in specimens at least 20 cm SL; 3rd or 4th dorsal spine longest, 1.7-2.3 in HL; 3rd anal spine 1.7-2.3 in HL (Ref. 27370).Description: Characterized by having 5 oblique scale rows on cheek (Ref 90102).
  • Myers, R.F. 1989 Micronesian reef fishes: A practical guide to the identification of the inshore marine fishes of the tropical central and western Pacific. First Edition. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 4538)
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Description

Inhabits a variety of reef zones from reef flats to lagoon and seaward reefs to a depth of at least 122 m and is fairly common in areas not subjected to heavy spearfishing. Juveniles inhabit shallow protected reefs. A nocturnal species that feeds on crabs, shrimps and small fishes. Spine of preopercle venomous.
  • Anon. (1996). FishBase 96 [CD-ROM]. ICLARM: Los Baños, Philippines. 1 cd-rom pp.
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Type Information

Holotype for Sargocentron spiniferum
Catalog Number: USNM 53044
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Preparation: Illustration
Collector(s): H. Bowie
Locality: Tahiti, French Polynesia, Society Islands, Pacific
  • Holotype: Jordan, D. S. & Snyder, J. O. 1905. Proceedings of the United States National Museum. 29 (1422): 353, fig. 1.
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Paratype for Sargocentron spiniferum
Catalog Number: USNM 109394
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): A. Seale
Locality: Society Islands Tahiti, Tahiti, French Polynesia, Society Islands, Pacific
  • Paratype:
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 122 m (Ref. 9710)
  • Lieske, E. and R. Myers 1994 Collins Pocket Guide. Coral reef fishes. Indo-Pacific & Caribbean including the Red Sea. Haper Collins Publishers, 400 p. (Ref. 9710)
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Depth range based on 177 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 161 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 0.4575 - 53.35
  Temperature range (°C): 23.822 - 29.336
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.043 - 2.714
  Salinity (PPS): 32.495 - 36.148
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.444 - 4.847
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.054 - 0.507
  Silicate (umol/l): 0.819 - 15.721

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 0.4575 - 53.35

Temperature range (°C): 23.822 - 29.336

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.043 - 2.714

Salinity (PPS): 32.495 - 36.148

Oxygen (ml/l): 4.444 - 4.847

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.054 - 0.507

Silicate (umol/l): 0.819 - 15.721
 
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Depth: 1 - 122m.
From 1 to 122 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated. Sabre squirrelfish.  (Forsskal, 1775)  Attains 45 cm. Red Sea and east coast of Africa outh to Natal, east to French Polynesia and the Pitcairn Group. This is the largest of the of the squirrelfishes. Preopercular spine is very long and venomous.
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Trophic Strategy

Inhabits rocky and coral reefs (Ref. 9137, 58534). A solitary species that inhabits a variety of reef zones from reef flats to lagoon and seaward reefs to a depth of at least 122 m and is fairly common in areas not subjected to heavy spear fishing. Found under ledges during the day (Ref. 9710). Largest species of squirrelfish and the highest-bodied Sargocentron (Ref. 37816). Juveniles inhabit shallow protected reefs. A nocturnal species that feeds on crabs, shrimps and small fishes. Spine of preopercle venomous. Largest squirrelfish (Ref. 48635).
  • Hiatt, R.W. and D.W. Strasburg 1960 Ecological relationships of the fish fauna on coral reefs of the Marshall Islands. Ecol. Monogr. 30(1):65-127. (Ref. 275)
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Sargocentron spiniferum

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


There are 7 barcode sequences available from BOLD and GenBank.

Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.

See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen and other sequences.

CACCCTTTATTTAGTATTCGGTGCCTGAGCTGGAATAGTTGGTACAGCCCTTAGCCTTCTTATTCGAGCTGAACTTAGCCAGCCTGGAGCTCTCCTGGGAGACGACCAGATTTATAATGTCATTGTTACAGCCCACGCATTTGTAATAATTTTCTTTATGGTAATGCCAATTATGATTGGAGGCTTTGGGAATTGACTAATCCCCCTAATGATTGGAGCCCCTGACATAGCATTCCCTCGAATAAATAACATAAGCTTTTGACTATTACCCCCATCATTCCTTCTTCTACTAGCCTCTTCCGGAGTAGAAGCTGGTGCCGGTACAGGATGAACAGTATACCCACCCCTTGCAGGTAATTTAGCCCACGCAGGGGCTTCTGTTGACCTTACTATTTTCTCACTCCATCTAGCAGGTATTTCTTCAATTCTTGGGGCCATTAATTTTATTACAACTATTATTAACATAAAACCCCCTGCCATTTCCCAATACCAAACTCCCCTATTTGTATGAGCTGTCCTCATCACAGCTGTCCTTCTACTTCTATCCCTACCCGTGCTCGCAGCAGGAATTACCATGCTGCTAACAGACCGAAACCTAAACACAACATTCTTCGACCCAGCAGGAGGTGGAGACCCAATCCTTTACCAACACTT
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Sargocentron spiniferum

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 7
Specimens with Barcodes: 16
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: public aquariums; price category: medium; price reliability: very questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this family
  • Newman, L. 1995 Census of fish at the Vancouver aquarium, 1994. Unpublished manuscript. (Ref. 9183)
  • Randall, J.E. 1984 Holocentridae. In W. Fischer and G. Bianchi (eds.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean fishing area 51. Vol. 2. (Ref. 3418)
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Wikipedia

Sargocentron spiniferum

Sargocentron spiniferum, common name Sabre Squirrelfish, Giant Squirrelfish or Spiny Squirrelfish, is a species of squirrelfish belonging to the family Holocentridae.

Description[edit]

Sargocentron spiniferum is the largest of the squirrelfishes and can reach a length of 45–50 centimetres (18–20 in). The body is oval and laterally compressed. The head has a pointed snout and large eyes, being largely nocturnal. The basic colour is bright red. It has silver scale margins, a spinous dorsal fin and a large deep red patch just behind the eyes. The lower jaw protrudes beyond the upper jaw. It bears a very long preopercle spine (near the gill-opening). The anal and ventral fins are yellowish. The caudal fin is clearly bifid.

Distribution[edit]

This species is widespread throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea and Indian Ocean up to Hawaii, Japan and southern Australia.

Habitat[edit]

This squirrelfish can be found in tropical waters on coral reefs, from shallow water to a depth of 120 meters.

References[edit]

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