Yellowfin Soldierfish, Myripristis chryseres Jordan & Evermann 1905

A Yellowfin Soldierfish, Myripristis chryseres. Source: Bryan Harry / US National Parks Service. License: Public Domain

A bright orange-red soldierfish with slightly darker scale margins, mostly bright yellow fins with white leading edges, and a dark margin on and just behind the gill cover.
Video of Yellowfin Soldierfish at a depth of about 25 m at Midway Island - by Bruce Carlson.

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Myripristis chryseres in Fishes of Australia, accessed 16 Apr 2024,

Yellowfin Soldierfish, Myripristis chryseres Jordan & Evermann 1905

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Recorded in the Australian EEZ from Seringapatam Reef in the Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea, and possibly a record from South West Rocks, New South Wales; also Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits relatively deep outer reef slopes, sheltering in caves and crevices during the day. 


Dorsal fin XI,13-16; Anal fin IV,11-13; Pectoral fin 15-16; Lateral line scales 32-38; Gill rakers (total first arch) 33-39.
Body depth 2.3-2.6 in SL; scales absent from axil of pectoral fin, third dorsal-fin spine longer than second.


Nocturnal - emerges at night to feed on plankton in the water column.


Heemstra et al. (2006) report that Yellowfin Soldierfish are often seen in caves with Coelacanths in depths of 182-239 m at Ngazidja Island in the Comoros Archipelago off the African coast.
In October 2022, a school was filmed by a deep towed camera on Muirhead Seamount in Australia's Cocos (Keeling) Islands territory.


The species is named chryseres (=golden) in reference to the yellow dorsal, caudal and anal fins.

Species Citation

Myripristis chryseres Jordan & Evermann, 1905, Bull. U. S. Fish Comm. 23(1): 171. Type locality: Hilo, Hawaii Island, Hawaiian Islands. 


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Yellowfin Soldierfish, Myripristis chryseres Jordan & Evermann 1905


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CAAB Code:37261009


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:12-350m (usually 30-240m)

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:25 cm TL

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