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Species: Apogon aurolineatus, Bridle cardinalfish

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body plain
2-4 indistinct dark lines radiate from eye
bands of simple teeth, no canines

Apogon aurolineatus (Mowbray, 1927)

Bridle cardinalfish

Body oblong, compressed; head large, snout short; eye large; moderately large oblique mouth that opens at the front; top jaw wide, partly concealed when mouth is closed, scaleless; jaws with bands of small teeth, no canines; front and sides of roof of mouth with a band of small teeth; preopercle serrated, lower membranous flap not extending beyond edge of preoperculum; 10-11 lower gill rakers; dorsal fin  VI + I, 9; anal fin II, 8; inner pelvic ray mostly not attached to body; pectoral 12; tail fin slightly concave; body scales rough; scales present on nape before dorsal fin; lateral line complete, extends onto base of tail fin; lateral line scales not enlarged.

Red to salmon to bronze; usually 2-4 indistinct short dark lines radiating from eye.

Reaches 6.5 cm.

Reefs and grass beds; lives with anemones.

Depth: 1-80 m.

Georgia to the S Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Near Bottom
  • Mid Water
  • Bottom + water column
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Water column
  • Sea anemones
  • Rocks
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Corals
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Submerged vegetation
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
Diet
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Brooded
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Antilles endemic
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6.5
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 80