Myripristis murdjan

Crimson soldierfish | Blacktip Soldierfish | Blotcheye Soldierfish | Pinecone Soldierfish | Red Soldierfish
Myripristis murdjanMyripristis murdjan, Red Sea, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Myripristis murdjanMyripristis murdjan, adult, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Myripristis murdjanMyripristis murdjan, Japan, Photo: Graham Edgar
Myripristis murdjanMyripristis murdjan, Maldives, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Myripristis murdjanMyripristis murdjan, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Myripristis murdjan
Myripristis murdjan
Myripristis murdjan
Myripristis murdjan
Myripristis murdjan


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Red with darker red scale margins with white leading edges on all median fins except for spiny 1st dorsal and a dark bar on rear edge of gill cover to base of pectoral fin. Sometimes with black tips to 2nd dorsal, tail and anal fins. Red, rather than orange spiny dorsal fin, and less prominent underslung lower jaw distinguish it from M. berndti (Bigscale Soldierfish).


Max Size: 60 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19.9-33°C

Depth: 1-50m

Habitat Generalization Index: 7.99

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 (10.3% 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 (4 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields

Further Information