Whitetip Soldierfish, Myripristis vittata Valenciennes 1831


Other Names: Immaculate Squirrelfish, Red Soldierfish, Red-orange Squirrelfish, White-tipped Soldierfish

Whitetip Soldierfish, Myripristis vittata, on Osprey Reef, Coral Sea, November 2006. Source: Erik Schlogl / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial


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Bray, D.J. 2016, Myripristis vittata in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1823

Whitetip Soldierfish, Myripristis vittata Valenciennes 1831

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Distribution

Rowley Shoals, Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea; also at Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits caves and ledges on steep reef drop-offs, often forming large aggregations, but also in small groups. Individuals are often seen swimming upside-down.

Feeding

Carnivore - feeds at night on plankton.

Species Citation

Myripristis vittata Valenciennes 1831, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons 7: 492. Type locality: 'Île de France'.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2016

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Whitetip Soldierfish, Myripristis vittata Valenciennes 1831

References


Allen, G.R. 1993. Fishes of Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 44: 67-91. 

Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. 

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.


Allen, G.R. & Russell, B.C. 1986. Part VII Fishes. pp. 79-103 in Berry, P.F. (ed.) Faunal Surveys of the Rowley Shoals, Scott Reef and Seringapatam Reef, northwestern Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 25: 1-106. 

Allen, G.R. & Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 1994. Fishes of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Atoll Research Bulletin 412: 1-21.

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp. 

Coleman, N. 1981. Australian Sea Fishes North of 30°S. Lane Cove, NSW : Doubleday Australia Pty Ltd 297 pp.

Greenfield, D.W. 1974. A revision of the squirrelfish genus Myripristis Cuvier (Pisces: Holocentridae). Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Science Bulletin 19: 1-54.

Greenfield, D. & Williams, I. 2016. Myripristis vittata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T67871116A67871855. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T67871116A67871855.en. Downloaded on 19 December 2016.

Hobbs, J-P.A., Newman, S.J., Mitsopoulos, G.E.A., Travers, M.J., Skepper, C.L., Gilligan, J.J., Allen, G.R., Choat, H.J. & Ayling, A.M. 2014. Checklist and new records of Christmas Island fishes: the influence of isolation, biogeography and habitat availability on species abundance and community composition. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement 30: 184–202. 

Hobbs, J-P.A., Newman, S .J., Mitsopoulos, G.E.A., Travers, M.J., Skepper, C.L., Gilligan, J.J., Allen, G.R., Choat, H.J. & Ayling, A.M. 2014. Fishes of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands: new records, community composition and biogeographic significance. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement 30: 203–219. 

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls.

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp. 

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs. 

Randall, J.E. & Greenfield, D.W. 1999. Family Holocentridae. pp. 2225-2256 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds) The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 pp. 2069-2790.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37261015

Behaviour:Nocturnal

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-80 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:25 cm TL

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