Sargocentron ittodai (Jordan and Fowler, 1903)

Sargocentron ittodai
Sargocentron ittodai
Ian Shaw
Sunday, 13 August 2006
N W Solitary Island
Common name: Samurai Squirrelfish

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and Natal, South Africa to the Marquesan Islands, north to southern Japan and the Ogasawara Islands, south to New South Wales. In Australia recorded from northern Queensland south to northern New South Wales.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents offshore reef slopes, lagoons and rocky outcrops, from 8m to at least 40m. Found in small caves and overhangs.

Additional Notes:

This species identified by black pigmentation on membrane of dorsal fin which is red with white tips and white spots on the membrane of the lower part of the fin. The preopercular spine is thought to be venemous. A nocturnal species which feeds on benthic invertebrates. Grows to 20cm.