Myripristis adusta

Shadowfin Soldierfish | Blackfin Soldierfish
Myripristis adusta
Myripristis adusta, Maldives, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Myripristis adusta
Myripristis adusta, Aceh, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Myripristis adusta, Cook Islands, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Myripristis adusta
Myripristis adusta
Myripristis adusta


Temperate Africa, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Light salmon pink to dirty red-brown with distinct dark scale margins and broad black borders on dorsal, anal and tail fins. Black patch on upper operculum and at base of pectoral fin, separated by a light patch just behind operculum. Largest of the soldierfishes.


Max Size: 35 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 25.5-31.2°C

Depth: 1-25m

Habitat Generalization Index: 4.79

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (5.9% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (5 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields