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Banggai Cardinalfish: here’s the scoop

threats

This species is highly prized in the aquarium trade and thus highly vulnerable to over-fishing, post-capture mortality, and habitat destruction.

Species

Banggai Cardinalfish

Scientific name

Pterapogon kauderni

Habitat

Shallow sheltered bays and harbors, mainly on silty reef flats with sandy bottoms and seagrass beds

Diet

Carnivore-planktivore that feeds principally on copepods (small crustaceans)

life expectancy

1.5 -2.5 years

Did you know?

The Banggai cardinalfish is a paternal brooder meaning the male protects the eggs in his mouth for up to 30 days.

Range

Endemic to the Banggai Islands off Sulawesi, Indonesia

Photo credit: IUCN

Conservation status

Endangered

High risk of extinction in the wild