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Phaeoptyx conklini  (Silvester, 1915)

Freckled cardinalfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Apogonidae (Cardinalfishes) > Apogoninae
Etymology: Phaeoptyx: Greek, phaios = dark + Gree, ptyx, -ikos = fold (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 22 m (Ref. 26938).   Tropical

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Western Central Atlantic: southern Florida (USA) and Bahamas to northern South America.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 26938)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Enlarged melanophores that form large stellate or squarish spots, usually more than 1 per scale below lateral line (Ref. 26938). Vertically elongate blackish blotch at caudal fin base (Ref. 13442).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Commonly found on shallow rocky and coral bottoms (Ref. 9626), in empty conch shells, rubble, or empty containers. Abundant where Acropora palmata abound (Ref. 9626). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Presence of buccal pouch for brooding eggs (Ref. 39366).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Are mouthbrooders (Ref. 240, 58878). Spawning may occur throughout the year (Ref. 39366). Distinct pairing during courtship and spawning (Ref. 205).

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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. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.6250   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01096 (0.00502 - 0.02394), b=3.11 (2.93 - 3.29), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .