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Longjaw squirrelfish
Holocentrus ascensionis
(Osbeck, 1765)

Body reddish with light silvery stripes and occasional white patches, with large 'squirrel-like' eyes. Dorsal fin with a yellowish front. Rear of dorsal fin and upper lobe of the tail strongly elongated.
With a size up to 61 cm, this is the largest squirrelfish.
Juveniles are thin, silvery pelagics and seldom seen.

Nocturnally active and drift inconspicuously in shaded areas near the bottom during day. Most abundant on shallow patch reefs and wall tops, down to 180 m.

Common Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.

Longjaw squirrelfish (Holocentrus ascensionis)