On average, soldierfish measure 18 cm. They can be as long as 50 cm.
Soldierfish have flat, oval-shaped bodies and deeply forked tails. Their scales are two-toned in colour and have a rough appearance. They are usually red in colour with lighter and darker areas.
Soldierfish belong to the Myripristinae sub-family which comprises of 8 genera and 84 species. During the day they can be found over reefs or taking shelter under ledges or in cracks, hunting predominantly at night.
Soldierfish prefer to live in areas with strong currents. They are family of the squirrelfish and are pelagic spawners.
Soldierfish feed on benthic crabs and shrimp.
They can be found in all temperate and tropical oceans across the world.
Blotcheye soldierfish - Myripristis murdjan
Finspot /Pale soldierfish - Myripristis melanosticta
Yellowfin soldierfish - Myripristis chryseres
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