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Animal Update: Dusky Squirrelfish

Three dusky squirrelfish were recently added to Atlantic Coral Reef!

Published February 02, 2018

Dusky squirrelfish can be found in the western Atlantic Ocean from Florida to Bermuda and in the Gulf of Mexico. Their habitats include inshore reefs and tide pools.

Dusky squirrelfish

These fish can be identified by the alternate streaks of red and white across their bodies. They have a dark outline around their eyes and small mouths, and can grow to be up to 7 inches in length.  

Dusky squirrelfish are nocturnal, and though they’re a common species in their range, they are rarely seen! At night, they feed mainly on crabs, but will also eat shrimp and gastropods.  

There are no known threats to the dusky squirrelfish and it is listed as a species of least concern.  

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates!

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