Blackbar Soldierfish Myripristis jacobus/other Myripristis spp.

Blackbar Soldierfish
Blackbar Soldierfish
Soldierfish are of the Squirrelfish family; both are mainly nocturnal with big eyes and red colouring. Many species of soldierfish are difficult to tell apart.
Blackbar Soldierfish
Blackbar Soldierfish
Blackbar Soldierfish
The Blackbar Soldierfish, above two rows, is native to the Western Atlantic including Bahamas, Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and even across to Cape Verde Islands. They grow to some 25cm long. They have painful, venomous spines. Diet is zooplankton and small fish.
Soldierfish
Soldierfish
Soldierfish
Immediately above are other species of soldierfish with large, serrated scales. Right above, with the black-shaded fins with white borders may be the Pinecone Soldierfish, M. murdjan or the Blotcheye, M. berndti, both of the Indo-Pacific region.