English : Twospot cardinalfish
French : Faux cardinal flamboyant
Class : Teleostei
Order : Kurtiformes
Family : Apogonidae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Adults can reach 11 cm in length. Two horizontal white stripes on black eye. Coloration is bright pinkish-red to red, black spot on gill coverts, conspicuous black spot below dorsal fin and black spot before tail peduncle (not bar).
Range and habitat
The species occurs in the western Atlantic Ocean, from Massachusetts to Florida and Bahamas, south to Gulf of Mexico and northern Brazil. Lives in outer reefs, reef walls, near semi-hard or hard bottoms, to 100 meters deep.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species is common within its range and suffers from no major threats. Locally declining due to overpredation by introduced lionfish.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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