Myripristis pralinia Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1829,

Andréfouët, Serge, Chen, Wei-Jen, Kinch, Jeff, Mana, Ralph, Russell, Barry C., Tully, Dean & White, William T., 2019, Checklist of the marine and estuarine fishes of New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean, with 810 new records, Zootaxa 4588 (1), pp. 1-360: 82

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Myripristis pralinia Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1829


Myripristis pralinia Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1829  —Scarlet soldierfish

Status at New Ireland. Originally described from Port Praslin, New Ireland as Myripristis pralinius  by Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes (1829a: 170), based on MNHN 7834 (holotype); reported from St. Mathias as Myripristis bleekeri  by Duncker & Mohr (1929: 71). MNHN and ZMH material. A specimen photographed in Kavieng region on 1 June 2013 during ACIAR Aquarium Survey; a video of a specimen taken south of New Hanover, at 4–51 m depth, St. KR110, in 2014 (identified by Barry C. Russell).

Distribution and habitat. New Ireland: 1, 2, 3, 4.—General distribution: East Africa east to Line and Marquesas Islands, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to Queensland ( Australia) and New Caledonia. Found in caves or under ledges of reef flats, lagoon and seaward coral reefs, 2–50 m depth. Marine.