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Flashlightfishes Roughies and Squirrelfishes: Beryciformes

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Splitfin Flashlightfish (anomalops Katoptron): Species Accounts, Blackbar Soldierfish (myripristis Jacobus): Species AccountsGEOGRAPHIC RA

SPLITFIN FLASHLIGHTFISH (Anomalops katoptron): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
BLACKBAR SOLDIERFISH (Myripristis jacobus): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Roughies, flashlightfishes, and squirrelfishes live all over the world.

Squirrelfishes live in shallow, tropical reefs. Roughies live in dark ocean waters 1 mile (1,600 meters) deep. The fishes that live in shallow waters usually hide under a coral overhang, in a cave, or under another structure during the day.

Roughies, flashlightfishes, and squirrelfishes eat small fish and various invertebrates (in-VER-teh-brehts), which are animals without a backbone. The shallows dwellers feed mainly at night, although some feed on invertebrates passing through their daytime retreats.

Roughies, flashlightfishes, and squirrelfishes are important in the pet business. Orange roughy is fished commercially for food.

THAT'S OLD!

Orange roughies live as long as 149 years. They are the longest-living fish.

Roughies, flashlightfishes, and squirrelfishes are not threatened or endangered.

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