Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Apogonidae
(Cardinalfishes) > Apogoninae
Etymology: Apogon: Greek, a = without + Greek pogon = chin, beard (Ref. 45335). More on author: Snyder.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 48 m (Ref. 58302). Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40822)
soft rays: 8. Differs from other members of the A. erythrinus complex by having the following characteristics: from all others by having a much longer second dorsal fin spine, reaching to at least the base of third ray of second dorsal fin when depressed (spine in other species do not reach third ray); from A. indicus by having 14 pectoral fin rays (versus 13, rarely 12 or 14), and by lacking pigment on the dorsal surface of the caudal peduncle (present in A. indicus); from A. marquesensis by lacking scattered chromatophores on sides of caudal peduncle that extend anteriorly as a band from caudal fin base to vertical from ends of dorsal and anal fin rays (pigment extends forward as a band in A. marquesensis); from A. susanae by having pigment present on scale edges at front of second dorsal fin and sometimes along its base and scattered chromatophores on caudal fin base (absent in A. susanae) (Ref. 40822).
Eastern Central Pacific: known only from the Hawaiian Islands and Johnston Island. Reports of occurrence in other Indo-West Pacific countries are questionable.
Found in shallow water and observed to be active only at night, near the bottom, and never far from its shelter (Ref. 27665). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Mouthbrooders (Ref. 240). Distinct pairing during courtship and spawning (Ref. 205).
Greenfield, D.W., 2001. Revision of the Apogon erythrinus complex (Teleostei: Apogonidae). Copeia 2001(2):459-472. (Ref. 40822)
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=0.01514 (0.00706 - 0.03245), b=3.07 (2.89 - 3.25), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.59 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (tmax=0.3 (120 days)).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .