Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Beryciformes
(Sawbellies) > Holocentridae
(Squirrelfishes, soldierfishes) > Myripristinae
Etymology: Ostichthys: Greek,osteon = bone + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335). More on author: Randall.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 150 - 200 m (Ref. 4201). Tropical
Indo-Pacific: with a widely spaced distribution in Réunion, the Comoros and American Samoa.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4201)
(total): 11. This species is distinguished by the following characters: 2½ scales above lateral line to midbase of spinous portion of dorsal fin; anal fin origin beneath soft portion of dorsal fin; upper spiniform procurrent caudal-fin rays 5 and lower with 4; D XI (XII for all congeners except O. ovaloculus), with last dorsal-fin spine shortest; vomer with near-triangular patch of teeth; head length 2.5-2.65 in SL; dorsal profile nearly straight; pectoral-fin rays 16-17; lateral-line scales 27-28 (usually 27); gill rakers 7-8 + 13-14; depth of body 2.3-2.4 in SL; snout length 4.2-4.8 in HL; caudal peduncle slender, least depth 4.45-4.75 in HL; colour when fresh uniform red (Ref. 114923).
Four known specimens. Caught with a gill net in 114 m off Itsoundzou Island (Ref. 58472).
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
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 8.4 - 23.2, mean 12.2 (based on 39 cells).
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 (15 of 100) .