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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; lower gill rakers 11 (9-12); 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: 1-229 m.

Northern Gulf of Mexico to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Brooded
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6.5
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 229