Sargocentron ittodaiSamurai Squirrelfish | Japanese Squirrelfish
Temperate Africa, Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific
Membranes between dorsal spines with white tips and white spots on lower section, forming curved light lines across the upper and lower spiny dorsal fin. Silver/white stripes of equal width distinguish it from S. microstoma (Smallmouth Squirrelfish) which has stripes of unequal width. S. punctatissimum (Peppered Squirrelfish) has similar spiny dorsal fin, but lacks distinct stripes.
Max Size: 20 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 20.2-29.6°C
Habitat Generalization Index: 0.54
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.
Conservation and Rarity
IUCN Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (1.8% 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 (2 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland