Myripristis violacea

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Myripristis violacea
Myripristis violacea, North WA, Australia, Photo: Andrew Green
Myripristis violacea
Myripristis violacea, Maldives, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Myripristis violacea
Myripristis violacea, Coral Sea, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
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Myripristis violacea
Myripristis violacea
Myripristis violacea


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Large, reflective silvery scales with dark red/purple margins and relatively light opercular bar ending with distinct black spot on pectoral base. White leading edges on all median fins except for 1st spiny dorsal.


Max Size: 35 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.6-31.3°C

Depth: 1-30m

Habitat Generalization Index: 15.14

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: Common (23.8% 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 (7 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields