Apogonichthyoides nigripinnis (Cuvier, 1828)
Apogonichthyoides nigripinnis
photo by Møller, P.R.

Family:  Apogonidae (Cardinalfishes), subfamily: Apogoninae
Max. size:  10 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 50 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific. Red Sea and south to Delagoa Bay, Mozambique (Ref. 4329). Also occurs in the Arafura Sea (Ref. 9819) and Persian Gulf (Ref. 68964). Likely at Seychelles (Ref. 1623).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 7-8. Dark vertical bar present below each dorsal fin and on caudal base; a fourth bar may be present between the 2nd dorsal and the caudal base; normally with large ocellus above pectoral fins; pelvic fins black, pectoral fins light, other fins dusky to dark in color (Ref. 4329).
Biology:  Adults occur inshore (Ref. 7300) and in deep offshore reefs (Ref. 9710). Found among weeds (Ref. 1623). Nocturnal species. Feed at night on zooplankton (Ref. 43448). Have been reared in captivity (Ref. 35416). Mouthbrooders, the males incubate the eggs (Ref. 43448).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 05.05.93
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 01.11.10
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 23.03.94

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