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Species: Apogon robinsi, Roughlip Cardinalfish

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2 dark bars: straight under D2, wide - tail base
WIDE between dark bars
D2 & A base, upper & lower C borders: red line
no canines, upper teeth on outside jaw
gill rakers 7-8 + 16-18

Apogon robinsi Bohlke & Randall, 1968

Roughlip 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, top jaw teeth extending onto outsides of jawbone; front and sides of roof of mouth with a band of small teeth; preopercle serrated, lower membranous flap not extending beyond edge of preoperculum; gill rakers: 7-8 upper and 17 (rarely 16 or 18) lower 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; lateral line scales not enlarged; lateral line complete, extends onto base of tail fin.

Pink; 2 red bars: a straight narrow bar under rear of dorsal fin, a wider dark bar with black edges at end of tail base; fins reddish, with bases of 2nd dorsal and anal fins and upper and lower margins of tail fin distinctly darker red.

Reaches 12 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth: 7-150 m.

Bermuda, the Bahamas, Cayman Island, Roatan.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Water column
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Brooded
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 12
Depth Range Min
  • 7
Depth Range Max
  • 150