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Apogon cyanosoma, Yellowstriped Cardinalfish. Scott W. Michael

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The Apogonidae are primarily marine species, but some are found in brackishwater and there are 9 species of freshwater-stream Glossamia from Pacific islands, New Guinea, and Australia.

Many make good aquarium community fish, generally peaceful and always best kept in groups or schools. They are mostly nocturnal in the wild but will generally adapt to the lighting rhythms of an aquarium.


  • Apogoninae: 19 genera, approximately 260 species. Practice oral incubation of eggs in many species.
  • Pseudaminae: 4 genera, approximately 13 species. Have large canine teeth.


Native range:

Taxonomic rank: Family

Common name: CARDINALFISHES (Marine)

Total known Total profiles
Subfamilies 2 0
Genera 23 11
Species 273 5

Feeding: Carnivores. Offer meaty, plankton-like foods that are taken from the water column.

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[edit] Genera

  • Apogon
  • Archamia
  • Astrapogon
  • Cheilodipterus
  • Foa
  • Fowleria
  • Pseudamia
  • Pterapogon
  • Rhabdamia
  • Siphamia
  • Sphaeramia

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Reference: Reef Fishes Volume 1
Image credit: Scott W. Michael
Text credit: Scott W. Michael

Facts about ApogonidaeRDF feed
Biogroup-Organism Marine Fishes  +, Brackishwater Fishes  +, and Freshwater Fishes  +
Common name CARDINALFISHES (Marine)  +
Family taxonomic rank Family  +
Image credit Scott W. Michael  +
Native range Circumtropical  +
Reference Reef Fishes Volume 1  +
Text credit Scott W. Michael  +