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, first three rows, is native to the Western Atlantic including Bahamas, Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and even across to Cape Verde Islands.
Blackbar Soldierfish
Blackbar Soldierfish
Blackbar Soldierfish
Intensity of colour varies. They grow to some 25cm long. They have painful, venomous spines. Diet is zooplankton and small fish.
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Soldierfish
Soldierfish
Soldierfish
Other Soldierfish, Myripristis species, with large-meshed scales said to be Black Bar but without the distinctive tail pattern shown on the Black Bars above. They are similar to the Pinecone Soldierfish, M. murdjan, of the Indo-Pacific region but without the white edging on the fins.
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Blotheye Soldierfish
Blotheye Soldierfish
Above left and centre with the black-shaded fins with white borders is the Blotcheye, M. berndti, also of the Indo-Pacific region.
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Soldierfish with no black bar
Soldierfish
Shadowfin Soldierfish Shadowfin Soldierfish, Myripristis adusta.
Other Soldierfish, Myripristis species without black shoulder bars.