Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Holocentriformes
(Squirrelfishes, soldierfishes) > Holocentridae
(Squirrelfishes, soldierfishes) > Myripristinae
Etymology: Ostichthys: Greek,osteon = bone + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335).
More on authors: Randall, Shimizu & Yamakawa.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 320 - 400 m (Ref. 10628). Deep-water
Eastern Central Pacific: Hawaiian Islands, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, and French Polynesia..
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 19.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 10628)
(total): 12. This species is distinguished by the following characters: 3½ scales above lateral line to midbase of spinous portion of dorsal fin; spineless at the anterior end of nasal bones of adults or subadults; absence of an enlarged spine at corner of preoperculum; D XII; longest dorsal-fin spine 2.2-2.3 in HL; last two dorsal-fin spines subequal; pectoral-fin rays 16 or 17 (usually 16); 28 lateral-line scales; height of the second suborbital bone is below center of eye 3.7–3.8 in eye diameter; median prepelvic scales 13; gill rakers 7-9 + 15 or 16; least depth of caudal peduncle 4.2-4.45 in HL; dorsal profile of head nearly straight anteriorly, becoming convex on nape; depth of body 2.0-2.1 in SL; head length 2.35-2.5 in SL; snout length 4.65-5.6 in HL; colour when fresh light red (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. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 10.6 - 15.7, mean 15.1 °C (based on 346 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01778 (0.00702 - 0.04506), b=3.02 (2.79 - 3.25), 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. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tmax>3).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100).