|This squirrelfish was getting a cleaning from a cleaner shrimp when I interupted|
The common squirrelfish is a tropical shallow water reef fish that can be found from North Carolina to Brazil, and along the warm waters of western Africa. Most squirrelfish are nocturnal feeders but can often be seen hiding on the reef during the day. When nightfall comes, the common squirrelfish migrates away from the reef to forage for crabs and shrimp on close-by sand flats and grass beds. In turn, many other larger fish prey upon the common squirrelfish such as dolphinfish, mutton snapper, yellowfin tuna, and even sea birds if they can get their hands on them. This specific species spawns year round in tropical waters, but it is restricted to reproducing during the summer months in places like North Carolina and southern South America.
References: "Squirrelfish." Florida Museum of Natural History. Web. 29 Jan. 2011. <http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Gallery/Descript/Squirrelfish/Squirrelfish.html>.; Humann, Paul, and Ned DeLoach. Reef Fish Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas. Jacksonville, FL: New World Publications, 2002. 236-239. Print.