Apogon doederleini (Jordan and Snyder, 1901)

Apogon doederleini
Apogon doederleini
Ian Shaw
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
N W Solitary Island
Common name: Fourline Cardinalfish

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Recorded from the Western Pacific: from southern Japan to Taiwan, then from subtropical Australia to New Caledonia, Lord Howe and the Kermadec Islands. In Australia recorded from central Western Australia across the tropical north through Queensland and south to northern New South Wales. Also at Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents offshore rocky reef. Nocturnal species usually under ledges or in caves during daylight hours.

Additional Notes:

Feeds on benthic crustaceans, small fish and polychaete worms. Males mouthbrood their young (note distension under the chin in photo). Best identified by pale colouration with four distinct horizontal stripes and a small tail spot. Occurs in similar habitat and may be confused with Apogon limenus which has broader stripes and a short stripe from the nose to the base of the first dorsal fin through the top of the eye. Grows to 14cm.