Myripristis jacobus

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Blackbar soldierfish
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Scientific classification
M. jacobus
Binomial name
Myripristis jacobus
G. Cuvier, 1829

Myripristis jacobus (Blackbar soldierfish) is a soldierfish from the Western Atlantic. It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. It grows to a size of 25 cm in length.


Myripristis jacobus can be located in a marine environment within a subtropical climate. They live in reef-associated waters. Myripitis jacobus is recorded to be found in the Western Atlantic, Bahamas, Northern Gulf of Mexico, West Indies, the Caribbean Sea, Cape Verde, Principe, Ascension, and St. Helena islands. The biology of this species states that they can be found in coral reefs within deep waters. They are a nocturnal species. They mainly eat plankton. This species is occasionally marketed, but it is not popularly bought as a fish to eat.[2] It is a bright red color along with a black bar behind its head. It also is trimmed with white lines on its fins. This species is also found swimming upside-down at times.[3]

Blackbar soldierfish
Shoulderbar soldierfish (Myripristis kuntee), Kona, Hawaii. Image taken by Clark Anderson/Aquaimages.


  1. ^ Moore, J.; Polanco Fernandez, A.; Russell, B.; McEachran, J.D. (2015). "Myripristis jacobus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2015: e.T16442540A16509652. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T16442540A16509652.en. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Myripristis jacobus". Fish Base. Archived from the original on 7 April 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Myripristis jacobus - Blackbar soldierfish". Aquafind. Retrieved 20 February 2013.

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