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Cheilodipterus pygmaios  Gon, 1993

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Apogonidae (Cardinalfishes) > Apogoninae
Etymology: Cheilodipterus: Greek, cheilos = lip + Greek, di = two + Greek, pteryx = fin (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal.   Tropical

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Western Indian Ocean: Gulf of Aqaba and Ethiopia in the Red Sea.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.0 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Color in life pale brownish gray with 5 dark brown to black stripes narrower than interspaces. A black spot, pupil size or slightly larger, laterally on middle of caudal peduncle. A small black spot on dorsal surface and another, less distinct, on ventral surface of caudal peduncle. Midcaudal spot encircled by yellow except for a small white area on posterodorsal section of caudal peduncle. Snout darker than body. Anterior 2 dorsal spines and tip of third spine dark with dusky membranes. Posterior spines of first dorsal fin dusky with transparent membranes. Spines of second dorsal and anal fins, and anterior edge of pelvic fins dusky to dark, but not as dark as dorsal fin spines. Fins otherwise transparent (Ref 8525).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Smallest female with mature gonad and large eggs measured about 3 cm.

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Mouthbrooders (Ref. 240). Distinct pairing during courtship and spawning (Ref. 205).

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Gon, O., 1993. Revision of the cardinalfish genus Cheilodipterus (Perciformes: Apogonidae), with description of five new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (22):59 p. (Ref. 8525)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 24.8 - 29.2, mean 27.5 (based on 337 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00646 (0.00275 - 0.01515), b=3.19 (2.99 - 3.39), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .