Apogon cyanosoma   Bleeker  1853 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 6-8 cm.

Color: Bluish silver in color, with 6 orange-yellow stripes, including a short post ocular stripe. Sub-equal along abdomen, and midlateral stripe ends into pinkish to orange spot on caudal fin base (red at night).

Height 2.7-3.2, 3.4-4.1 in length with caudal. Head 2.4-2.8, 3-3.6 in length with caudal. Eye 2.6-2.8. Interorbital space half diameter of eye or a little more. Snout about two thirds of eye. Mouth oblique, maxillary reaching to below middle of eye. Lower jaw the longer, chin prominent. Small teeth in a few rows in jaws, in one or two rows on vomer and palatines. Hind and lower border of praeoperculum serrated, praeopercular ridge, praeorbital and orbital rim smooth. First dorsal spine minute, second one about half length of third, whichis not much stronger than the others and somewhat more than postorbital part of head. Spine of second dorsal somewhat more than, second spine of anal equal, to eye. Pectorals almost equal to head without snout, ventrals equal to eye and snout. Caudal incised, with rounded lobes. All scales ctenoid. Dorsal spines (total): 8-8, Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9, Anal spines: 2, Anal soft rays: 8.

Dioecious, external fertilization, bearers, external brooders, mouthbrooders, distinct pairing during courtship and spawning.

It has been reared in captivity

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Apogon hyalosoma (non Bleeker) 1852
Apogon novaeguinea (non Valenciennes) 1832
Ostorhinchus cyanosoma (Bleeker) 1853
Ostorhynchus cyanosoma (Bleeker) 1853
Apogon wassinki Bleeker 1860
Apogon cyanosoma Playfair 1866
Apogon cyanosoma Klunzinger 1870
Amia cyanosoma Bleeker 1876
Amia wassinki Bleeker 1876

Common Name (s)
• Bluespot Cardinalfish (English)
• Goldenstriped Cardinal (English)
• Goldenstriped Cardinalfish (English)
• Orange Lined Cardinalfish (English)
• Yellow Cardinalfish (English)
• Yellowstriped Cardinalfish (English)
• Yellow Striped Cardinalfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
Cultured:  Unknown

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Amphipods, shrimps/prawns (Caridea, penaeid, sergestid), bony fish, other planktonic crustaceans, other planktonic invertebrates


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 2008)

Literature Source(s)
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  • Garpe, KC and Ohman, MC (2003) Coral and fish distribution patterns in Mafia Island marine park Tanzania fish habitat interactions Hydrobiologia Kluwer Academic Publishers 498 191-211 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1929) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago E. J. Brill Ltd. 5 458 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
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