Kwajalein Squirrelfish and Soldierfish (Holocentridae)

The soldierfish and squirrelfish are mostly reddish colored nocturnal fish that typically hide in the reef by day, emerging at night to feed on plankton or small benthic invertebrates and fishes. Some groups, particularly Myripristis, the species are often very similar and can be difficult to tell apart from photos; many of the distinguishing features require close examination of spines and scales that are not visible in photos. Some of our IDs may be incorrect. Also, in part because of their secretive habits, there are a number of species for which we do not have photos. Links in the list near the bottom of the page connect to pages for those species in Fishbase.

Myripristis adusta

Myripristis berndti

Myripristis kuntee

Myripristis murdjan

Myripristis pralinia

Myripristis violacea

Myripristis vittata

Plectrypops lima

Neoniphon argenteus

Neoniphon opercularis

Neoniphon sammara

Sargocentron caudimaculatum

Sargocentron diadema

Sargocentron melanospilos

Sargocentron microstoma

Sargocentron punctatissimum

Sargocentron spiniferum

Sargocentron tiere

Sargocentron tieroides

Sargocentron violaceum

Additional species reported from the Marshall Islands:

Myripristis amaena (Castlenau, 1873)
Myripristis chryseres Jordan & Evermann, 1903
Myripristis woodsi Greenfield, 1974
Sargocentron praslin (Lacepède, 1802)

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