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| Common names: soldierfish (English), candil (Espanol), soldado (Espanol) |
Myripristis gildi Greenfield, 1965
Clipperton cardinal soldierfish
Body ovate, deep; mouth moderately large, oblique; 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; 34-37 gill rakers; dorsal fin with XI spines, continuous but deeply notched between last 2 spines, 14-15; anal with IV spines, 3rd spine stoutest, it or 4th longest, 11-13 rays; tail forked; scales large, very rough; lateral-line scales 32-35; 2.5 scale rows above lateral line.
Dull red body and fins; dorsal and anal often with faint white anterior margins; tail with faint white upper and lower borders; moderately dark bar behind upper operculum and on pectoral base.
Size: 25 cm.
Habitat: coral reef.
Depth: 5-50 m.
Endemic to Clipperton Atoll.
Note: M. gildi was not observed at Clipperton in 1994 during a survey of shorefishes by GR Allen and DR Robertson. Less than 20 individuals of M. gildi were seen during a 2 week survey of the island by DRR in 1998. Given that rarity and the fact that its distinguishing characteristics are intermediate between those of M. berntdi and M clarionensis, both of which are abundant at Clipperton, the possibility exists that M gildi is actually a hybrid of those two species.