Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Beryciformes
(Sawbellies) > Holocentridae
(Squirrelfishes, soldierfishes) > Myripristinae
Etymology: Ostichthys: Greek,osteon = bone + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335); sheni: Named after Dr. S.C. Shen for his contribution in the fish taxonomic works in Taiwan (Ref. 12543).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal. Subtropical
Northwest Pacific: Taiwan.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 114923)
(total): 13. This species is distinguished by the following characters: 3½ scale rows above lateral line to base of middle dorsal-fin spines; spineless at anterior end of nasal bones of adults or subadults; D XII,13; longest dorsal-fin spine 1.9-2.3 in HL; last dorsal-fin spine slightly shorter than or equal to penultimate spine; pectoral-fin rays 16-17; height of second infraorbital (below eye center) 3.71-5.42 in eye diameter; prepelvic scales 10-11; gill rakers 6-7 + 11-13; caudal peduncle depth 4.7-4.9 in HL; dorsal profile of head slightly convex; lateral-line scales 28-29 (mostly 29); preopercular scale rows 5; body depth 2.04-2.72 in SL; head length 2.41-2.49 in SL; short snout, 5.40-6.41 in HL; least depth of caudal peduncle 4.70-4.92 in HL; colour when fresh uniformly light red (Ref. 114923).
No depth recorded from the only country (Taiwan) where it was collected (Ref. 114923).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Greenfield, D.W., J.E. Randall and P.N. Psomadakis, 2017. A review of the soldierfish genus Ostichthys (Beryciformes: Holocentridae), with descriptions of two new species in Myanmar. J. Ocean Sci. Found. 26:1-33. (Ref. 114923)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01820 (0.00721 - 0.04590), b=3.02 (2.80 - 3.24), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (11 of 100) .