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      Yellowstriped Cardinalfish

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Apogon cyanosoma
      Max. size: 8.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 50 m
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific: Red Sea south to Mozambique and eastward to the western Pacific where it ranges from southern Japan and the Marshall Islands to the southern Great Barrier Reef; throughout Micronesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 8. Bluish silver in color, with 6 orange-yellow stripes, including a short post ocular stripe. Sub-equal along abdomen, and midlateral stripe ends into pinkish to orange spot on caudal fin base (red at night)
      Biology: Inhabits sheltered clear water areas of lagoon and seaward reefs from depths of 1 to at least 49 m. Found in small or large aggregations under ledges, in holes, or even among long spines of sea urchins. Feeds on planktonic crustaceans and small invertebrates. Has been reared in captivity.
      Aquarium Care: This species is colorful, hardy, and bold. It will spend a lot of time out in the open, but not far from its hiding spot. Best kept singly, in pairs, or small groups of 5-7 individuals (members of the pair or group to be added at the same time, in a large tank). Less of a threat to small fish and ornamental crustaceans (compared to other Apogon spp.), it may prey on more delicate ornamental shrimps, such as anemone shrimps.
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