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Species guide

Banngal cardinal fish

Scientific name: Pterapogon kaudermi

DESCRIPTION:

The banngal cardinal fish is white with black bands crossing it vertically. It is a fish with a large mouth, sharp, cutting dorsal fins, completely separate from the soft ones and generally raised. Its maximum size is 8 to 9 cm.

BIOLOGY:

These are fish of night habits that hide among the coral during the day, living in small groups.
It is a carnivore that hunts at night, feeding on anelids and plankton.

Its reproduction is oviparous. The male incubates the eggs in its mouth until they hatch.

HABITAT:

The banngal cardinal fish is a fish that lives on the coral reefs on sandy or rocky beds. It abounds among the fields of the Enhalus seaweed.

DISTRIBUTION:

It lives in the Indian-Pacific, now almost entirely restricted to the Banggai Islands (Indonesia).

STATUS:

Species not evaluated (according to the red list of endangered species).

CURIOSITIES:

The fact that it has night habits means that its eyes are very large.

 

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