IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: cardinalfish (English), cardenal (Espanol)
Apogon guadalupensis (Osburn & Nichols, 1916)

Guadalupe cardinalfish

Body oblong, compressed; head large, snout short; eye large; teeth small, no canines, usually present on center and sides of roof of mouth; gill rakers (including rudiments) 5 + 13; preopercle serrated, lower membranous flap not extending beyond edge of preoperculum; dorsal rays VI + I, 9; anal rays II, 8; pectoral rays 11-12; tail fin moderately concave; body scales rough; last few scales on tail fin; a row of scales along center of nape; lateral line complete, extends onto base of tail fin; lateral-line scales 25.

Head, breast, and belly yellow; remainder of body, including median fins pale lavendar; very similar to A. atricaudus, but lacks blackish streak in middle part of first dorsal fin.

Size: reaches 13 cm.

Inhabits rocky reefs.

Depth: 10-30 m.

The islands off Southern California and the Revillagigedo islands; vagrants at the tip of Baja California,   


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