Myripristis botche (Cuvier, 1829)
Myripristis botche (Cuvier, 1829)
Genus: , ,

Scientific Name: Myripristis botche

English Name: Blacktip soldierfish

Creole Name: Lyon

French Name: Marignan poklé

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 11; Dorsal rays: 13-15 (usually 14); Anal spines: 4; Anal rays: 11-12.

Body robust. Large eyes. Lower jaw of adults slightly projecting when mouth closed. Lower jaw with two pairs of tooth patches just outside of gape. Vomerine teeth in a 
triangular patch with rounded corners.  Axil of pectoral fins without small scales.

Colour. Body pale silvery white, reddish dorsally. Scales rimmed with brownish red dorsally and red on sides and ventrally. Black pigment of opercular membrane extending 
to about level of lower edge of eye. Dorsal fin white basally with broad red margin. Soft dorsal, anal and caudal fins red with white leading edges and distinct black spots 
on tips.


Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 30cm SL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits sheltered waters, often in silty reef areas (depth 25-71m). Hides in caves or crevices during the day. Usually seen in pairs but occasionally in schools.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in the fish trap fishery, where it is a regular but not numerous component of the catch.


In water photo courtesy Eleanor Brighton and Chris Mason-Parker (c) 2022 Blue Safari Seychelles/Marine Conservation Society, Seychelles. Photograph taken at Alphonse group 2022.



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Froese, R. & D. Pauly. (Eds.) (2019). FishBase. (28/04/20).
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Nevill, J.E.G. (2019). Myripristis botche, Blacktip soldierfish. Seychelles Seatizens. (edited 06/07/22).

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