Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Beryciformes
(Sawbellies) > Holocentridae
(Squirrelfishes, soldierfishes) > Myripristinae
Etymology: Myripristis: Greek, myros, -ou = male of morey eel + Greek, pristis = saw (Ref. 45335). More on author: Cuvier.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 25 - 71 m (Ref. 5378), usually 30 - ? m (Ref. 30573). Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 54980)
soft rays: 11 - 12. This species is distinguished by the following characters: robust and compressed body with big eyes; lower jaw with two pairs of tooth patches just outside of gape; gill rakers on first gill arch 10-13 on upper limb, total 32-38; lateral line scales 27-29 (modally 28); axil of pectoral fins without small scales; interorbital not very narrow, width 4.5-5.65 times in head length; caudal-peduncle length 6.2-7.25 times in standard length. Colour of body silvery white, tips of soft dorsal and anal fins and caudal-fin lobes with a black spot, the leading edges of these fins white; scales rimmed with brownish red dorsally and red on sides and ventrally; black pigment of opercular membrane extending to about level of lower edge of eye; outer part of spinous dorsal fin and most of soft dorsal and anal fins red (Ref. 40493).
Inhabits protected waters at depths greater than 25 m, often in silty reef areas than well developed coral reefs with clear water (Ref. 12419). Tends to hide in caves or crevices during the day that capture by trawling was unexpected (Ref. 5378). Usually seen in pairs, but occasionally schools in some oceanic locations (Ref. 48635).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Randall, J.E. and D.W. Greenfield, 1996. Revision of the Indo-Pacific holocentrid fishes of the genus Myripristis, with descriptions of three new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (25):61 p. (Ref. 12419)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 23.5 - 28.4, mean 27.4 (based on 379 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01905 (0.01139 - 0.03187), b=3.06 (2.92 - 3.20), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.66 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) .