Myripristis berndti

Bigscale Soldierfish | Yellowfin Soldierfish
Myripristis berndti
Myripristis berndti, Coral Sea, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Myripristis berndti
Myripristis berndti, Isla Pajara, Costa Rica, Photo: Graham Edgar
Myripristis berndti
Myripristis berndti, With M vittata, top. Coral Sea, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
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Myripristis berndti, Hawaii, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Myripristis berndti
Myripristis berndti
Myripristis berndti
Myripristis berndti


Tropical Eastern Pacific, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Pale red/pink with bright red scale margins, top of spiny 1st dorsal orange/yellow, dark rear edge of operculum, dark blotch at base of pectoral fin and white margins on 2nd dorsal, tail, anal and pelvic fins. Difficult to distinguish from the common M. murdjan (Crimson Soldierfish) unless dorsal spines are extended to reveal orange/yellow, but also has slightly longer lower jaw that projects beyond upper jaw.


Max Size: 30 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.4-30.7°C

Depth: 1-59m

Habitat Generalization Index: 21.04

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: Frequent (18.1% 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: Several (8 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields