blackbarred squirrelfish

Scientific name Sargocentron vexillarium
Descriptor Poey
Year of description 1860
IUCN category LC
Family Holocentridae
Genus Sargocentron
Sargocentron vexillarium Sargocentron vexillarium


Sargocentron vexillarium, commonly known as blackbarred squirrelfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    15 cm
  • Maximum size
    18 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes
  • Average size
    15 cm
  • Maximum size
    18 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes

How to recognize the blackbarred squirrelfish ?

The blackbarred squirrelfish measures between 15 and 18 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly rouge, argent and marron body. The also has blanc horizontal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The blackbarred squirrelfish is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found near the rocks. This species is carnivorous . This fish lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark.

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. However, the blackbarred squirrelfish has little concern for non-territorial animals.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The blackbarred squirrelfish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    22 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    2 - 30 m

Biotope presentation

The blackbarred squirrelfish is most often found at a depth between 2m and 30m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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