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Already close to fished out in some areas of Indonesia. Scott W. Michael

Banggai Cardinal Declared Endangered

Barely more than a decade after being introduced to the marine aquarium trade, the elegant Banggai Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) has been placed on the IUCN Red List as an Endangered Species.

Ironically, the assessment done for the World Conservation Union, publishers of the Red List, was carried out in part by Dr. Gerry Allen. Dr. Allen, with underwater photographer and well-respected marine naturalist Roger Steene, in 1992 presented their discovery of the species in a remote area of Indonesia, triggering intense interest in the aquarium hobby.

Unlike most marine fish species, the Banggai Cardinalfish is confined to a relatively small area in the wild and has been very vulnerable to overcollection. Read more...

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