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| Common names: soldierfish (English), candil (Espanol), soldado (Espanol) |
Myripristis berndti Jordan & Evermann, 1903
Bigscale soldierfish, Blotch-eye soldierfish
Body ovate, deep; mouth moderately large, oblique; lower jaw of adults prominently projecting when mouth closed; snout blunt, forehead convex; eye very large; no spine at corner of preopercle, which has a concave edge; opercle with one short spine, inner ridge of opercle and other head bones serrated; 35-42 gill rakers; dorsal fin with XI spines, continuous but deeply notched between last 2 spines, 13-15; anal with IV spines, 3rd spine stoutest, it or 4th longest, 11-13 rays; tail forked; scales large, very rough; lateral-line scales 28-31; 2.5 scale rows above lateral line; lower half of inner pectoral axil with small scales.
Silvery pink with red scale edges; membrane at edge of gill cover black; upper pectoral axis black; spiny dorsal fin orange on outer half; all fins except pectorals with white tips.
Size: attains 31 cm.
Habitat: common at offshore island areas.
Depth: 1-160 m.
Widespread in the tropical Indo-Pacific from East Africa to the Americas; the tip of Baja, Costa Rica to Colombia and the offshore islands.