Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Beryciformes
(Sawbellies) > Holocentridae
(Squirrelfishes, soldierfishes) > Myripristinae
Etymology: Myripristis: Greek, myros, -ou = male of morey eel + Greek, pristis = saw (Ref. 45335); earlei: Named in honor of John L. Earle who first suspected that this species differed from M. berndti (Ref. 49349). More on authors: Randall, Allen & Robertson.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 10 - 37 m (Ref. 49349). Tropical
Eastern Central Pacific: Phoenix and Marquesas islands. Previously regarded as an insular variant of Myripristis berndti (Ref. 49349).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 24.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 54980)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 10 - 11;
soft rays: 12 - 13;
Vertebrae: 26. No small scales or only a few ventrally in axil of pectoral fins; body depth 2.25-2.5 in SL; interorbital width 4.35-5.1 in HL; lower jaw only slightly projecting when mouth fully closed (may be moderately projecting in large adults); a single pair of tooth patches outside gape at front of lower jaw; vomerine tooth patch subtriangular, with a straight posterior edge; spinous portion of dorsal fin mainly red; no white leading edge on 2nd dorsal, anal, or caudal fins (Ref. 49349).
Observed in caves and under ledges (Ref. 49349). Feeds on zooplanktons (Ref. 89972).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and D.R. Robertson, 2003. Myripristis earlei, a new soldierfish (Beryciformes: Holocentridae) from the Marquesas and Phoenix islands. Zool. Stud. 43(3):405-410. (Ref. 49349)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25.5 - 29, mean 27.8 (based on 197 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01820 (0.00826 - 0.04009), b=3.05 (2.87 - 3.23), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .