Crimson Soldierfish (species: Myripristis murdjan) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Myripristis murdjan
Crimson Soldierfish

©Anne Hoggett: Myripristis murdjan at North Point, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Myripristis murdjan (lower) with Myripristis kuntee at North Point, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Beryciformes
Family Holocentridae
Genus Myripristis
Species Myripristis murdjan



Distinguishing features

Red spiny dorsal fin. Large scales with pale centres and red margins. Brown streak on outer gill cover terminating in a blotch at pectoral fin base. Narrow white margins on fins other than pectorals.


  • From 1 cm to 60 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.
  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1990). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Other references

  • Hilomen, V.V. (1997). Inter- and intra-habitat movement patterns and population dynamics of small reef fishes of commercial and recreational significance, Ph.D. thesis, James Cook University, Townsville. LIRS catalog number 535.
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