Blacktip Soldierfish, Myripristis botche Cuvier 1829

Other Names: Toothed Crimson Squirrelfish

A Blacktip Soldierfish, Myripristis botche, at Manggarai, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A pale soldierfish with a red head, red scale margins, red dorsal, anal and caudal fins with white leading edges and dark lobe tips, and a broad brown margin on the gill cover.

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Blacktip Soldierfish, Myripristis botche Cuvier 1829

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NW of Monte Bello Islands to NE of Cape Lambert, Western Australia, and north of Goulburn Island, Northern Territory. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-west Pacific, from East Africa to New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands, and north to Japan.
Often found in silty reef areas, sheltering in caves or large crevices during the day.


Dorsal fin X + I,13-15; Anal fin IV, 11-12 (4th spine longer than 3rd); Pectoral fin 14-16; Gill rakers 35-38; Lateral-line scales 27-29.
Body depth 2.3-2.5 in SL; no small scales at pectoral-fin axil; two pairs of tooth patches on lower jaw just outside of gape.

Species Citation

Myripristis botche Cuvier 1829, Le Règne Animal  Vol. 2 Nouvelle édition: 151.  Type locality: Coromandel coast of India.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Atlas of Living Australia

Blacktip Soldierfish, Myripristis botche Cuvier 1829


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

Bleeker, P. 1863. Onzième notice sur la faune ichthyologique de l'île de Ternate. Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor de Dierkunde 1: 228-238 (described as Myripristis melanostictus)

Cuvier, G.L. 1829. Le Règne Animal Distribué d'après son Organisation, pour servir de base à l'histoire naturelle des animaux et d'introduction à l'anatomie comparée. Poissons. Paris : Fortin, Masson et Co. Vol. 2 Nouvelle édition, pp. 122-406. 

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293 

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. & Greenfield, D.W. 1996. Revision of the Indo-Pacific holocentrid fishes of the genus Myripristis, with descriptions of three new species. 

 25: 1-61 figs 1-12 pls 1-9 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. 

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1984. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls.

Williams, I. & Greenfield, D. 2016. Myripristis botche (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T67869953A115434681. Downloaded on 08 July 2019.

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CAAB Code:37261004


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:20-70 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:30 cm TL

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