Myripristis murdjan (Forsskal, 1775)
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.
Secretive in caves or overhangs. Schooling species found to 50m depth.
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.