Banggai cardinalfish

Scientific name 
Pterapogon kauderni
Banggai Cardinalfish

What it looks like: The Banggai cardinalfish has a double dorsal fin and a deeply forked tail fin. It is a distinctive black and white colour, with black bars running down its body and white dots along the edges of its fins. The can reach up to 8 cm long.

Animal facts:

  • The male fish protect their eggs and juvenilles by keeping them in their mouths until they are able to survive on their own. They spit them out when they get too big.

What they eat: Mainly small crustaceans and plankton.

Habitat: The Banggai cardinalfish is found in shallow sheltered bays and lagoons with sandy bottoms and sea grass beds.

Where they live: The Banggai Archipelago, which lies in the Banggai-Sula platform in eastern Indonesia.