Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Beryciformes
(Sawbellies) > Holocentridae
(Squirrelfishes, soldierfishes) > Myripristinae
Etymology: Ostichthys: Greek,osteon = bone + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335). More on authors: Randall & Myers.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 230 - ? m (Ref. 114923). Tropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Central Pacific: Guam to Saipan.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 114923)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 9. This species is distinguished by the following characters: 2½ scales above lateral line to midbase of spinous portion of dorsal fin; origin of anal fin is beneath soft portion of dorsal fin; upper procurrent spiniform caudal-fin rays 5 and lower rays 4; D XII,12, last spine shortest; A V,9 (holotype appears aberrant in having a fifth anal-fin spine); pectoral-fin rays 16; patch of teeth on vomer V-shaped; head length 2.45 in SL; dorsal profile of head nearly straight, becoming slightly convex on nape; lateral-line scales 27; gill rakers 8 + 15; maxilla not reaching a vertical at posterior margin of orbit; depth of body 2.35 in SL; snout length 4.45 in HL; caudal peduncle very slender 5.05 in HL; colour when fresh is solid red, the centers of scales lighter red than edges (Ref. 114923).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Greenfield, D.W., J.E. Randall and P.N. Psomadakis, 2017. A review of the soldierfish genus Ostichthys (Beryciformes: Holocentridae), with descriptions of two new species in Myanmar. J. Ocean Sci. Found. 26:1-33. (Ref. 114923)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01820 (0.00721 - 0.04590), b=3.02 (2.80 - 3.24), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .