Tiger Cardinalfish-Facts and Photographs

Tiger Cardinalfish, Cheilodipterus macrodon

The Tiger Cardinalfish, Cheilodipterus macrodon is also known as the  large-toothed cardinalfish. They are one of the few species of saltwater fish that are mouth brooders.

APPEARANCE

The Tiger Cardinalfish has proportionally large eyes with two conspicuous yellow lines across them. They have  two dorsal fins. The dorsal and caudal fins are translucent with a brownish tint. The adults have a brownish background with white lines running horizontally across the body. On the head the lines have a yellow tint .There is a prominent white area just ahead of the tail. They grow up to 25 cm in length.

Tiger Cardinalfish

IN THE WILD

During  the day the Tiger cardinalfish will usually be found around an over hang or in a cave. The adults are usually solitary and at night can be seen out feeding on the reef. It is rare to see more than one.

HABITAT

The Tiger cardinalfish is found across the Indian ocean and in the west Pacific. They are found between depths of 1-30 meters.

Tiger Cardinalfish

DIET

The Tiger cardinalfish are nocturnal feeders , feeding mainly on zooplankton and small benthic organisms.

REPRODUCTION

During breeding pairs are formed and after performing a mating dance the eggs are laid and fertilized by the male. The male then collects the fertilized eggs and carries the eggs in his mouth until they hatch. During this time the male cannot feed and towards the end of the incubation period the males become quite skinny making the protruding mouth more noticeable. This can result in cannibalism with the male eating some of the eggs.

Tiger Cardinalfish, Cheilodipterus macrodon

AQUARIUMS

Tiger cardinals are not commonly kept in aquariums, but several other species of cardinals are and there is no reason that they could not be kept.

Tiger Cardinalfish, Cheilodipterus macrodon

TIGER CARDINALFISH CLASSIFICATION

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Subphylum:Vertebrata
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Apogonidae
Genus:Cheilodipterus
Species:C. macrodon

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