Species Details

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Common Name: Blotcheye soldierfish
Scientific Name: Myripristis berndti
Local Name: Reendhoo kothari dhanbodu
Dhivehi Name: ރީނދޫކޮތަރިދަންބޮޑު
Animalia  (Kingdom)
Chordata  (Plylum)
Beryciformes  (Order)
Holocentridae  (Family)
Myripristis   (Genus)

Blotcheye soldierfish's description

The blotcheye soldierfish (Myripristis berndti) is a species of soldierfish belonging to the family Holocentridae.

Short description - Dorsal spines (total): 11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 4; Anal soft rays: 11 - 13. Lower jaw of adults prominently projecting when mouth is closed. Lower half to three-fourths of inner pectoral axil with small scales. Centers of scales silvery pink to pale yellowish, the edges red; black of opercular membrane extending below opercular spine; naked part of pectoral axil black; outer half of spinous dorsal fin yellow to orange-yellow, lower half of remaining fins red, the leading edges white, sometimes with a black submarginal streak.

Blotcheye soldierfish's facts

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  • The blotcheye soldierfish (Myripristis berndti)is the most likely to be confused with Myripristis murdjan, but the two species can be separated on the colouration of their spiny dorsal fins. M. berndti has an orange-red spiny dorsal like M. kuntee. These two species can be separated on lateral line scale counts. The strongly projecting lower jaw is a particular helpful character for identification

Blotcheye soldierfish habitat

Myripristis berndti hides under ledges, in caves and in crevices during the day, feeding on reef flats, channels and margins at night (Wyatt 1983, Lieske and Myers 1994, Randall and Greenfield 1996, Mundy 2005). This species is considered to be an outer reef specialist (Craig et al. 2007).

This species feeds on plankton. The maximum recorded length is 30 cm (Randall and Heemstra 1986).

Blotcheye soldierfish threats

This species is taken in small-scale and subsistence fisheries in parts of its range throughout its range, however this is not seen to be a major threat to the species.

Blotcheye soldierfish's status