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Species: Astrapogon alutus, Bronze cardinalfish

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pelvics short, not past front 3rd A
pectoral 14

Astrapogon alutus (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Bronze cardinalfish

Body oblong, compressed; head large, snout short; rear nostril round; eye large; moderately large oblique mouth that opens at the front; top jaw wide, partly concealed when mouth is closed, scaleless; teeth small, usually present on center and sides of roof of mouth; preopercle edge smooth; dorsal fin VI +I, 9; anal fin II, 8; pectoral fin rays 14 (rarely 13 or 15); inner pelvic ray mostly not attached to body; pelvics not reaching beyond 3rd anal fin ray; tail fin bluntly straight to slightly convex; 23-45 pored lateral line scales; lateral line complete, extends onto base of tail fin; body scales smooth; no row of scales on nape centerline before dorsal fin.

Head and body silvery brown to dark brown, with dark pepperspots; pelvic dusky, often black tipped.

Reaches 6.5 cm.

Found in seagrass beds and tube sponges, but not in live conchs.

Depth range: 1-20 m.

Northern Gulf of Mexico to the S Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Submerged vegetation
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Brooded
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6.5
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 20