Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Beryciformes
(Sawbellies) > Holocentridae
(Squirrelfishes, soldierfishes) > Myripristinae
Etymology: Myripristis: Greek, myros, -ou = male of morey eel + Greek, pristis = saw (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 3 - 30 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical; 30°N - 26°S
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 35.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48635); common length : 18.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 30573)
Indo-Pacific: East Africa to Tuamoto Islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to New Caledonia and the Austral Islands; throughout Micronesia.
Occurs in lagoons, channels, and semi-protected seaward reefs rich in corals. Relatively common near arborescent Acropora or layered Porites rus corals. Feeds on plankton such as crab larvae. Marketed fresh (Ref. 3418).
Randall, J.E. and D.W. Greenfield, 1996. Revision of the Indo-Pacific holocentrid fishes of the genus Myripristis, with descriptions of three new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (25):61 p. (Ref. 12419)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02400 (0.01515 - 0.03803), b=3.07 (2.93 - 3.21), based on LWR estimates for species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.53 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (25 of 100) .