Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Holocentriformes
(Squirrelfishes, soldierfishes) > Holocentridae
(Squirrelfishes, soldierfishes) > Holocentrinae
Etymology: Neoniphon: Greek, neos = new + Greek, niphon = to snow (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Valenciennes.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 3 - 20 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical; 30°N - 24°S
Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Marquesan Islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to northern Australia, New Caledonia and Rapa. Throughout Micronesia (Ref. 1602).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 24.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4201)
Found mainly around oceanic islands (Ref. 9710). It is an uncommon inhabitant of reef flats, lagoon and semi-sheltered seaward reefs to depths over 20 m. Occurs with N. sammara in coral-rich areas with large staghorn Acropora corals. Feeds mainly on benthic invertebrates (Ref. 11889).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 1602)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 25.2 - 29.3, mean 28.4 °C (based on 2871 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01950 (0.01214 - 0.03132), b=2.94 (2.80 - 3.08), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.59 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (14 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 91.7 [38.9, 231.3] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.721 [0.337, 1.357] mg/100g ; Protein = 19.3 [18.2, 20.6] % ; Omega3 = 0.174 [0.072, 0.410] g/100g ; Selenium = 38.1 [19.8, 70.0] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 71.8 [26.8, 192.0] μg/100g ; Zinc = 1.3 [0.8, 2.1] mg/100g (wet weight);