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Related to squirrelfish: soldierfish, Holocentridae
n. pl. squirrelfish or squir·rel·fish·es
Any of various small nocturnal fishes of the family Holocentridae of tropical waters, having large eyes and a reddish body with spiny scales.
n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any tropical marine brightly coloured teleost fish of the family Holocentridae
[C18: so called because it can make a squirrel-like noise]
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|Noun||1.||squirrelfish - similar to sea bream; small spiny-finned fish found in bays along the southeastern coast of the United States|
|2.||squirrelfish - very small, brightly colored (especially red) nocturnal fishes of shallow waters or tropical reefs; they make sounds like a squirrel's bark|
Holocentrus coruscus, reef squirrelfish - on reefs from Bermuda and Florida to northern South America
deepwater squirrelfish, Holocentrus bullisi - a squirrelfish found from South Carolina to Bermuda and Gulf of Mexico
Holocentrus ascensionis - bright red fish of West Indies and Bermuda