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Cheilodipterus zonatus  Smith & Radcliffe, 1912

Yellowbelly cardinalfish
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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).   More on author: Smith.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 2 - 25 m (Ref. 90102).   Tropical; 15°N - 3°S

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Western Pacific: Philippines, Malaysia, and the Solomon Islands. Occurrence in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Great Barrier Reef (Ref. 9710) needs confirmation.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 8. Body with midlateral black stripe, as wide as the pupil, tapers to a point on base of middle caudal-fin rays; body and head below it generally yellow; on snout and behind pectoral fin, midlateral stripe is bordered by a narrow yellowish white zone; above mid-lateral stripe body and head white, but top of head with a yellow tinge; dorsal stripe dark gray, separated from dorsal fins by a narrow white zone; a median dark gray stripe may be present from interorbital area to first dorsal-fin origin; fins pale. Developed gill rakers on hypobranchial 0-1; on ceratobranchial 8 (Ref. 8525).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits protected habitats, where conditions are similar to those of lagoons. Also found on coastal reefs (Ref. 9710). Usually seen solitary, occasionally in pairs. Mimics the sabre-toothed blenny Meiacanthus vittatus. Active during day (Ref 90102).

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. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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