Banggai Cardinalfish


Common name : Kaudern’s cardinal, Longfin cardinalfish

Scientific name : Pterapogon kauderni

Family : Apogonidae

Native to : Banggai Islands of Indonesia

Interesting fact : Adult males keep the young in their mouths after hatching for an undetermined period.

Conservation status : Endangered

Found among coral reefs, sea urchins, sea anemones and mangrove roots are these tiny tropical marine fish. It has a silver body with three black bars across the head and body and tasselled dorsal fins. Caudal fins are elongated. Found in groups of 9, it feeds on planktonic, demersal and benthic organisms. Its lifespan is 1-2 years.

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