Myripristis murdjan (Forsskal, 1775)

Myripristis murdjan
Myripristis murdjan
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
26m
Common name: Crimson Squirrelfish
Distribution:

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Widespread distribution throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific, NSW to southern Japan, East Africa and the Red Sea. In Australia recorded from Shark Bay in Western Australia, across the tropical north to Torres Strait in Queensland, south to northern New South Wales and including Lord Howe Island.

Ecological Notes:

Secretive in caves or overhangs. Schooling species found to 50m depth.

Additional Notes:

Generally nocturnal, retiring to caves during daylight. Similar colouration to Myripristis kuntee, but with a much lower lateral line scale count, larger scales have distinctive pale centre. Grows to 25cm. 

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