Apogon coccineus   Ruppell,  1838 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Max. size: 6.0 cm TL

Color: Uniform scarlet; interorbital dusky and dark spots on scales of opercle, nape and back. Fins transparent.

Head 2.6-2.8 in standard length, 3.4-3.6 in total length. Depth of body 2.5-2.7 in standard length, 3.3-3.5 in total length. Eye diameter 2.9-3.0 in head, 0.5-0.6 in snout and 0.7 in interorbital space. Maxillary almost reaching to a level from hind border of eye. Hind margin of preopercle denticulate. Preopercle ridge and preorbital smooth. Pectoral fin shorter than postorbital length of head and eye diameter together. Ventral fin shorter than pectoral.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: VI; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: I, 9; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, 8; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 11; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 22-24; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 2+1+6.

Dioecious, external fertilization, bearers, external brooders (mouthbrooders). Distinct pairing during courtship and spawning.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Apogon campbelli Smith, 1949
Apogon kominatoensis Ebina, 1935
Apogon campbelli (non Smith, 1949)
(Misapplied name)
Apogon coccineus Ruppell, 1838
(Senior synonym)
Apogon erythrinus (non Snyder, 1904)
(Misapplied name)
Apogon kominatoensis Ebina, 1935
(Junior synonym)
Apogon coccineus Ruppell, 1835

Common Name (s)
• Ruby Cardinalfish (English)
• Ruby Cardinal (English)
• Red Cardinal (English)
• Cryptic Cardinalfish (English)
• Rybodi (Mahl)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
Cultured:  Unknown

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Benthic crustaceans


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Red Sea (Record: 1980)
• SEYCHELLES (Record: 1980)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 2008)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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