Neoniphon marianus (Cuvier, 1829)
Longjaw squirrelfish
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Holocentridae (Squirrelfishes, soldierfishes), subfamily: Holocentrinae
Max. size:  18 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 70 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Florida Keys, USA and Bahamas to Trinidad. Antilles and throughout Caribbean (Ref. 26938).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 11-11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-14; Anal spines: 4-4; Anal soft rays: 9-9. Body striped with red, yellow and silver; often anterior third of body more yellow than remainder. Third anal ray spine very long and stout (Ref. 26938). Body slender, spiny dorsal fin with broad yellow band along middle and lower sides (Ref. 37108).
Biology:  Rarely found in shallow water, but appears to be the most common squirrelfish in the depth range of 30-60 m or more (Ref. 32). Reported used as food fish (Ref. 37108).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 28 January 2013 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Sampang-Reyes, Arlene G. - 08.03.01
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 09.08.94

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