Pinecone soldierfish (Myripristis murdjan) is a species of soldierfish found in the Indo-Pacific.
Short description - Dorsal spines (total): 11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 4; Anal soft rays: 11 - 14. This species is distinguished by the following characters: robust and compressed body with big eyes; lower jaw with one pair of tooth patches at front of lower jaw just outside of gape; lower jaw of adults slightly projecting when mouth closed; gill rakers on first gill arch 11-15 (modally 13) on upper limb, total 36-44 (modally 39); lateral line scales 27-32 (modally 29); lower half to ¾ of axil of pectoral fins with small scales; interorbital space broad, its width 3.65- 4.4 times in head length. Colour of body red to dusky red, the edges of scales reddish brown; opercular membrane dark brown to black to about level of middle of eye; axil of pectoral fins dark brown to black; spinous dorsal fin light red on basal two-thirds, bright red on outer third; leading edges of soft dorsal, anal, caudal, and pelvic fins white.
Pinecone soldierfish habitat
Myripristis murdjan is a benthopelagic coral reef species that occurs in reef flats, shallow lagoons, and seaward reefs in or near crevices and caves (Randall and Greenfield 1996, 1999, Mundy 2005). The maximum recorded size for this species is 60 cm (Thresher 1984). This species is primarily nocturnal and feeds on zooplankton (Randall and Greenfield 1996).