Taeniamia buruensis (Bleeker, 1856)
Buru cardinalfish
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Apogonidae (Cardinalfishes), subfamily: Apogoninae
Max. size:  7.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 6 m
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: Indonesia to Fiji, north to Taiwan.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 12-14. Diagnosis: Dorsal rays VII,9; anal rays 11,12-13 (rarely 14); pectoral rays 14 (rarely 13 or 15). Two lateral-lines, scales 25 + 3-5; median predorsal scales 1-2 (rarely 3 or 4; more anterior predorsal scales in pairs). Gill rakers 5-7-+ 15-17 (total, 21-23). Body depth ~.6-2.9 in SL, and body width 2.0-2.3 in the depth; eye diameter 3.0-3.6 in head length; first dorsal spine 1.5-1.9 in second spine; second and third dorsal spine 2.4-3.0 in HL; spine of second dorsal fin 2.4-2.9, and second anal spine 3.0-3.7 in HL; pelvic-fin length 4.4-5.1, and caudal-peduncle length 4.2-4.65 in SL; distance from insertion of pelvic spine to anal-fin origin 3.8-4.4 in SL. Posterior and ventral preopercular edges fully serrate or nearly so. Scaly sheath along anal-fin base poorly developed or absent (Ref. 54391).
Biology:  Occurs near river mouths and estuaries (Ref. 54391), on shallow inner reefs and mangroves (Ref. 37816), over soft or hard bottoms (Ref. 54391). Forms aggregations (Ref 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 06 February 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 09.09.97
Modified by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 13.04.18

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