Jaydia melanopus (Weber, 1911)
Monster cardinal-fish
Jaydia melanopus
photo by CSIRO

Family:  Apogonidae (Cardinalfishes), subfamily: Apogoninae
Max. size:  11 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 2 - 160 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Indonesia, New Guinea and northwestern Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 9-9. Description: Characterized by brown to silvery color; presence of dark brown bar below first dorsal fin; dorsal, anal, caudal and pelvic fins blackish; greatest depth of body 2.5-2.8 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Nocturnal species which occurs over soft bottom (Ref. 75154).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 04.07.94
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 25.03.13
Checked by: Bailly, Nicolas - 12.11.12

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