violet squirrelfish

Scientific name Sargocentron violaceum
Descriptor Bleeker
Year of description 1853
IUCN category (World) LC
Family Holocentridae
Genus Sargocentron
Sargocentron violaceum Sargocentron violaceum

Introduction

Sargocentron violaceum, commonly known as violet squirrelfish , is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    35 cm
  • Maximum size
    45 cm
  • Average size
    35 cm
  • Maximum size
    45 cm

How to recognize the violet squirrelfish ?

The violet squirrelfish measures between 35 and 45 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly bleu and violet body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    carnivorous
  • Sociability
    solitary
  • territorial
    Yes
  • Way of living
    nocturnal

The violet squirrelfish is a fish solitary 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 violet squirrelfish has little concern for non-territorial animals.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

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

Risks for humans

  • Venomous
    Yes

This species is venomous and can cause serious injuries when touched.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    22 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 15 m

Biotope presentation

The violet squirrelfish is most often found at a depth between 1m and 15m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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