Yellowfin Soldierfish, Myripristis chryseres Jordan & Evermann 1905

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

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Yellowfin Soldierfish, Myripristis chryseres Jordan & Evermann 1905

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Recorded in the Australian EEZ from Seringapatam Reef, Timor Sea (13º41´S), and Lizard Island (14º40´S) to Escape Reef, QLD, also Osprey Reef, Coral Sea (13º56'S, 146º34'E) and Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean. Occurs elsewhere 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.

Species Citation

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


Dianne J. Bray


Australian Faunal Directory

Yellowfin Soldierfish, Myripristis chryseres Jordan & Evermann 1905


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37261009


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

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:25 cm TL

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