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Species: Apogon lachneri, Whitestar cardinalfish

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behind D2 base: black spot then white spot
D1: dark behind spine II
D2 & A: front tips dark
bands of simple teeth, no canines

Apogon lachneri Bohlke, 1959

Whitestar 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; 16-17 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; 3-8 scales present on center of nape before dorsal fin; lateral line scales not enlarged; lateral line complete, extends onto base of tail fin.

Pink to salmon; a bright white spot (bordered before, and sometimes behind, by a black spot) on top of tail base immediately behind 2nd dorsal fin; a large dark area behind spine II on the 1st dorsal; front tips of 2nd dorsal and anal fins dark.

Reaches 6.5 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth: 5-106 m.

The Bahamas 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
  • Rocks
  • Water column
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Data
Diet
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6.5
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 106