Sargocentron suborbitalis

Tinsel squirrelfish
Sargocentron suborbitalis
Sargocentron suborbitalis, Costa Rica, Photo: Graham Edgar
Sargocentron suborbitalis
Sargocentron suborbitalis, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Sargocentron suborbitalis
Sargocentron suborbitalis


Tropical Eastern Pacific


Dark red-brown with a metallic silvery sheen, large scales and a light silver curve below eye. White leading edges on pelvic and anal fins. During the day hide in caves, crevices and under ledges, coming out at night to feed on small crustaceans.


Max Size: 26 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 25.4-30.2°C

Depth: 1-25m

Habitat Generalization Index: 14.06

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: Least Concern

Occurrence: Common (26.4% 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: Several (8 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields