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Myripristis jacobus - Blackbar soldierfish

Myripristis jacobus - Blackbar soldierfish Photo courtesy: Geoff Schultz

The blackbar soldierfish is bright red with a black bar behind its head and white edges on its fins. It typically ranges in size between 3-1/2 to 5-1/2 inches, but can grow to over 8 inches in length. Blackbar soldierfish are a nocturnal species that have very large eyes which they use to forage for shrimp and crab on sandy flats and seagrass beds. They are found during the day in caves and recesses of coral reefs between 15 to 60 feet in depth.


Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Western Atlantic: North Carolina (USA), Bahamas and northern Gulf of Mexico to Brazil; throughout the West Indies and the Caribbean Sea. Eastern Atlantic: St. Paul's Rocks, Cape Verde, Principe, Ascension and St. Helena islands.


Habitat
Found from shallow coral reefs to offshore deeper waters. A nocturnal species aggregating around coral reefs and deeper rocky reefs.


Diet
Feeds mainly on planktonic organisms.


Quick Fact
Occasionally found swimming upside down.


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