Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Apogonidae
(Cardinalfishes) > Apogoninae
Etymology: Apogon: Greek, a = without + Greek pogon = chin, beard (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 20 - 300 m (Ref. 7321), usually 20 - 90 m (Ref. 7251). Tropical; 27°N - 8°N
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9626)
Western Central Atlantic: southern Florida, USA and Bahamas to Venezuela; reported to reach Suriname (Ref. 13608). Eastern Central Atlantic: Gulf of Guinea. Reported from Cape Verde (Ref. 27000).
Adults prefer exposed deep reefs and rocky outcroppings (Ref. 7251). Eggs are incubated orally by both parents (Ref. 240). This is the only species in the genus Apogon with mouthbrooding done by males and females (Ref. 85456).
Biparental mouthbrooders (Ref. 240, 58875). Spawning may occur throughout the year (Ref. 39366). Distinct pairing during courtship and spawning (Ref. 205). This is the only species in the genus Apogon with mouthbrooding done by males and females (Ref. 85456).
Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray, 1986. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 354 p. (Ref. 7251)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00486 - 0.02155), b=3.08 (2.91 - 3.25), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Fec=1,900).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (11 of 100) .