Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Smallest mature female measured at 6.3 cm. Solitary in caves and under ledges, inhabits seaward reef slopes in 10-40 m (Ref 90102).
  • Gon, O. 1993 Revision of the cardinalfish genus Cheilodipterus (Perciformes: Apogonidae), with description of five new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (22):59 p. (Ref. 8525)
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Distribution

Western Central Pacific: Papua New Guinea, Flores in Indonesia, and Sibvan Island in Borneo.
  • Gon, O. 1993 Revision of the cardinalfish genus Cheilodipterus (Perciformes: Apogonidae), with description of five new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (22):59 p. (Ref. 8525)
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Western Pacific.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9 - 10; Analspines: 2; Analsoft rays: 8 - 9
  • Gon, O. 1993 Revision of the cardinalfish genus Cheilodipterus (Perciformes: Apogonidae), with description of five new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (22):59 p. (Ref. 8525)
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Size

Maximum size: 104 mm SL
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Max. size

10.4 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 8525))
  • Gon, O. 1993 Revision of the cardinalfish genus Cheilodipterus (Perciformes: Apogonidae), with description of five new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (22):59 p. (Ref. 8525)
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Diagnostic Description

Color in life pale with 8 golden brown stripes. Stripes below middle of body equal to or slightly wider than interspaces. Stripes above middle of body slightly narrower than interspaces. Distal half of first dorsal fin black and proximal half pale. Second dorsal, anal, pectoral, and pelvic fins with reddish tinge. Leading edge of second dorsal and anal fins dusky to dark brown, usually darker distally. Upper- and lowermost caudal-fin rays dark brown. No dark caudal spot (Ref 8525).
  • Gon, O. 1993 Revision of the cardinalfish genus Cheilodipterus (Perciformes: Apogonidae), with description of five new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (22):59 p. (Ref. 8525)
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Type Information

Paratype for Cheilodipterus alleni Gon
Catalog Number: USNM 326643
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): G. Allen & R. Steene
Year Collected: 1991
Locality: Madang: P.N.G. Outer Reef - Outside of Rasch Pass, Papua New Guinea, Pacific
Depth (m): 38 to 38
  • Paratype: Gon, O. 1993. Indo-Pacific Fishes. No. 22: 10.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 10 - 40 m (Ref. 90102)
  • Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann 2012 Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth, Australia: Universitiy of Hawai'i Press, Volumes I-III. Tropical Reef Research. (Ref. 90102)
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Depth range based on 1 specimen in 1 taxon.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 38 - 38
 
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Mouthbrooders (Ref. 240). Distinct pairing during courtship and spawning (Ref. 205).
  • Thresher, R.E. 1984 Reproduction in reef fishes. T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Ltd., Neptune City, New Jersey. 399 p. (Ref. 240)
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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