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Banggai cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni
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Cardinalfishes are a family, Apogonidae, of ray-finned fishes. They are found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans, they are chiefly marine, but some species are found in brackish water. A handful of species are kept in the aquarium and are popular as small, peaceful, and colourful fish.

They are generally small fish, with most species being less than Template:Convert, and are often brightly coloured. They are distinguished by their large mouths, and the division of the dorsal fin into two separate fins. Most species live in tropical or subtropical waters, where they inhabit coral reefs and lagoons.[1]

They are nocturnal, spending the day in dark crevices within the reef. At least some species brood the eggs inside the mouth of the males.[1]

GeneraEdit

FishBase lists 331 species in the following 24 genera. The genus Epigonus, formerly classified in Apogonidae, is placed in a separate family, Epigonidae, by FishBase.[2]

Family APOGONIDAE

ReferencesEdit

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ca:Apogònid de:Kardinalbarsche dv:ބޯދި އާއިލާ (މަސް) es:Apogonidae fa:دهان‌لانه‌ماهیان fr:Apogonidae it:Apogonidae lt:Kardinolinės hu:Kardinálishal-félék nl:Kardinaalbaarzen no:Kardinalfisker pl:Apogonowate pt:Apogonidae sk:Apogonovité fi:Kardinaaliahvenet sv:Kardinalabborrfiskar zh:深海天竺鯛科


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