Apogon (Nectamia) taeniatus   Ehrenberg  1828 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: Length 15 cm

Color: Dull silvery, with two black bands around body, the first through bases of anterior three dorsal fin spines and axil of pectoral fin, and the second through middle of second dorsal fin and anal fin origin; a black blotch occasionally present near end of lateral line. Fins mainly faint pink, margins dusky; a dark band across soft dorsal fin.

Body rather robust and slightly compressed. Preopercular ridge smooth with slight undulations at the angle, posterior and ventral edges smooth. Eye diameter 3.0 to 3.3 times length of head, slightly more than snout length. Mouth fairly large; teeth in villiform bands in both jaws, none noticeably enlarged. Two dorsal fins, the first fin with 7 spines, the second fin with 1 spine and 9 soft rays. Anal fin with 2 spines and 8 soft rays. Caudal fin feebly emarginate or even subtruncate. Scales ctenoid (rough to touch); lateral line complete, with 25 scales.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Apogon taeniatus Cuvier 1828
Apogon bifasciatus Ruppell : Day 1875

Common Name (s)
• Twobelt Cardinal (English)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA (Record: 2003)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 2003)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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