Apogon nigripinnis   Cuvier  1828 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Dr. Peter Wirtz

Size: 9-10 cm.

Color: Greyish, a 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.

No very considerable rise from the snout to the base of the dorsal fin, snout rather elevated. Height about equal to head, 2.5-2.6, 3-3.2 in length with caudal. Eye 3-3.2. Snout one half or two thirds of eye. Interorbital space three fourths of eye. Mouth very oblique, maxillary reaching to below last third or even hindborder of eye. Lower jaw slightly the longer. Vertical and horizontal limbs of praeoperculum strongly and evenly serrated along their outer edges. Teeth villiform in jaws, vomer, and palate, an outer slightly enlarged row in each jaw. First and second dorsal spine small, third almost as long as fourth, which is equal to postorbital part of head. Second dorsal somewhat higher than first dorsal and than anal. Ventrals longer than pectorals, reaching anal. Caudal rounded. Dorsal spines (total): 8- 8, Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9, Anal spines: 2, Anal soft rays: 7-8.

Dioecious, external fertilization, bearers, external brooders, mouthbrooders, the males incubate the eggs, distinct pairing during courtship and spawning.

It has been reared in captivity

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Amia atripes Ogilby 1916
Apogon nigripinsis (Cuvier) 1828
Apogonichthyoides nigripinnis (Cuvier) 1828
Apogonichthyoides uninotatus (non Smith & Radclif 1912
Apogonichthys nigripinnis (Cuvier) 1828
Apogon nigripinnis Cuvier and Valenciennes 1829
Apogon nigripinnis Schlegel 1846
Amia nigripinnis Bleeker 1876
Apogon nigripinnis Day 1878
Apogon nigripinnis Steindachner and Doderlein 1883
Apogon niger Jordan and Snyder 1901
Apogon nigripinnis Regan 1905
Amia niger Smith and Pope 1906
Amia nigra Syder 1912
Amia nigra Jordan 1913

Common Name (s)
• Bullseye Cardinal Fish (English)
• Bullseye (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Cultured:  No

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Amphipods, benthic copepods, crabs, isopods, other benthic crustaceans, ostracods, shrimps/prawns, bonyfish, mysids, other planktonic crustaceans, non-annelids


• Kerala, Trivandrum INDIA
• Kerala, Shanghumugham INDIA
• Kerala, Vizhinjam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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