Neoniphon sammara, Mellish Reef, Coral Sea, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Neoniphon sammara, Coral Sea, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
Neoniphon sammara, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Neoniphon sammara, Aceh, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Dark blotch in centre of spiny dorsal fin and pronounced stripes along sides which sometimes appear as rows of spots. Spots on cheek, red blotch on operculum and stripe along lateral line red. Shy and secretive, hidden in or near branching corals during the day. Similar N.argenteus (Silver Squirrelfish) lacks black blotch on dorsal fin, while N. opercularis (Blackfin Squirrelfish) lacks lines along body.
Max Size: 32 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 22.3-31.2°C
Habitat: Coral Reef
Habitat Generalisation Index: 16.5
Also referred to as the SGI (Species generalisation index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species.
Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most
hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Frequent (17% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Few (4 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.