We have not seen many of this type of Squirrelfish (bottom in image), perhaps because the water here is fairly shallow. We also call them the ‘Big Eyed Yuck Fish’. This 6” fish was caught along with his fellows when we were bottom fishing. His fellows were eaten, but he was not.
Common throughout the Western Atlantic. Generally stay between 8 and 30 meters depth. Commonly 1’, can be up to 2’. Nocturnal, hide in crevices in the day and feed over sand and grass beds at night. Their main food source is small crustaceans.