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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Beryciformes
Family: Holocentridae Squirrelfishes, soldierfishes
Subfamily: Myripristinae
Genus: Ostichthys

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Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 11.2 cm SL
Ostichthys acanthorhinus Randall, Shimizu & Yamakawa, 1982

Photo by Photo by Govinda Rao, V.. & N. Muddula Krishna
 
Ostichthys acanthorhinus
[Spinesnout soldierfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 32 cm TL
Ostichthys archiepiscopus (Valenciennes, 1862)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ostichthys archiepiscopus
[Straighthead soldierfish]



Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 15.6 cm SL
Ostichthys brachygnathus Randall & Myers, 1993

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ostichthys brachygnathus
[Shortjaw soldierfish]



Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 16.4 cm SL
Ostichthys convexus Greenfield, Randall & Psomadakis, 2017

Photo by Photo by Psomadakis, P.N.
 
Ostichthys convexus
[Roundhead soldierfish]



Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 10.5 cm SL
Ostichthys daniela Greenfield, Randall & Psomadakis, 2017

Photo by Photo by Psomadakis, P.N.
 
Ostichthys daniela
[Daniela's soldierfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Ostichthys delta Randall, Shimizu & Yamakawa, 1982

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Ostichthys delta
[Redcoat soldierfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 17 cm SL
Ostichthys hypsipterygion Randall, Shimizu & Yamakawa, 1982

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ostichthys hypsipterygion
[Highfin soldierfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Ostichthys japonicus (Cuvier, 1829)

Photo by Photo by Gloerfelt-Tarp, T.
 
Ostichthys japonicus
[Japanese soldierfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 36 cm TL
Ostichthys kaianus (Günther, 1880)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ostichthys kaianus
[Deepwater soldierfish]



Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 21.1 cm SL
Ostichthys ovaloculus Randall & Wrobel, 1988

Photo by Photo by Wrobel, L.
 
Ostichthys ovaloculus
[Ovaleye soldierfish]



Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 19.2 cm SL
Ostichthys sandix Randall, Shimizu & Yamakawa, 1982

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ostichthys sandix
[Vermilion soldierfish]



Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 11.9 cm SL
Ostichthys sheni Chen, Shao & Mok, 1990

Photo by Photo by The Fish Database of Taiwan
 
Ostichthys sheni
[Shen’s soldierfish]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 15.1 cm SL
Ostichthys sufensis Golani, 1984

Photo by Photo by Darum, D.
 
Ostichthys sufensis
[Red Sea soldierfish]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Ostichthys trachypoma (Günther, 1859)

Photo by Photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory
 
Ostichthys trachypoma
[Bigeye soldierfish]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Ostichthys acanthorhinus Spinesnout soldierfish Indo-West Pacific 11.2 SL 1982
Ostichthys archiepiscopus Straighthead soldierfish Western Indian Ocean 32 TL 1862
Ostichthys brachygnathus Shortjaw soldierfish Western Central Pacific 15.6 SL 1993
Ostichthys convexus Roundhead soldierfish Eastern Indian Ocean 16.4 SL 2017
Ostichthys daniela Daniela's soldierfish Eastern Indian Ocean 10.5 SL 2017
Ostichthys delta Redcoat soldierfish Indo-Pacific 20 TL 1982
Ostichthys hypsipterygion Highfin soldierfish Western Pacific 17 SL 1982
Ostichthys japonicus Japanese soldierfish Indo-Pacific 45 TL 1829
Ostichthys kaianus Deepwater soldierfish Indo-Pacific 36 TL 1880
Ostichthys ovaloculus Ovaleye soldierfish Eastern Central Pacific 21.1 SL 1988
Ostichthys sandix Vermilion soldierfish Eastern Central Pacific 19.2 SL 1982
Ostichthys sheni Shen’s soldierfish Northwest Pacific 11.9 SL 1990
Ostichthys sufensis Red Sea soldierfish Western Indian Ocean 15.1 SL 1984
Ostichthys trachypoma Bigeye soldierfish Western Atlantic 20 TL 1859



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