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Species: Apogon planifrons, Pale cardinalfish

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pink to silvery
2 bars: under rear D2, end tail base, 2nd wider
fins clear

Apogon planifrons Longley & Hildebrand, 1940

Pale 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; 15 (rarely 14 or 16) 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 on center of nape before dorsal fin; scales around tail base 15-16; lateral line scales not enlarged;  lateral line complete, extends onto base of tail fin.

Head and body pink to silvery white, with a pink tint; 2 red to dark bars, a straight narrow 1 under rear of dorsal fin, a wider 1 at end of tail base; fins clear.

Reaches 10.5 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth: 3-30 m.

North Carolina to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Corals
  • Water column
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Brooded
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species..
  • Extends South of GC
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
  • GC non-endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Also in Brazil
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 10.5
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 30