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Myripristis murdjan

Phoenix, Midway, 50 feet

BLOTCHEYE SOLDIERFISH       Matsukasa

Rare at Midway and Kure Atoll in caverns at scuba depths but not yet reported from the other Hawaiian Islands.  It is common in other parts of its range.  Large scaled, red with a silvery background, spiny dorsal fin pale with the outer half bright red, red soft dorsal, anal, pelvic fins and tail clear with red tips and edged with white, a short black bar on the gill opening above the black pectoral fin base and eye with a barely visible dark bar above.  Attains 8 inches.  A new Hawai'i record published by Randall & Stender in 2002.  Red Sea east to Southern Japan, Hawai'i, and Samoa.