Apogon semiornatus (Peters, 1876)
Apogon semiornatus (Peters, 1876)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Apogon semiornatus

English Name: Oblique-banded cardinalfish

Creole Name:

French Name:

IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (NE)


Dorsal spines: 7; Dorsal rays: 9; Anal spines: 2; Anal rays: 8.

Small cardinalfish with large eyes. Ventral section of preopercle poorly ossified with undulate edge; vertical edge usually serrate with small spinules at 

Colour. Semi-transparent pinkish body with 3 dark reddish-brown stripes. Broad stripe from the snout through the eye and the pectoral-fin base to the base 
of the anal fin. Broad stripe from the nape to the middle of the caudal fin. Third stripe dorsal and thinner dorsally below front 2/3rds of dorsal fin.


Maturity: Unknown. Max length : 7.5 cm TL.  

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits inshore rocy and rubble reefs (depth 5-30 m). Solitary and cryptic, hides under ledges and rocks. Distinct pairing during courtship and spawning.
Exhibits mouthbrooding.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is not subject to the artisanal fishery. 


Photo courtesy Eleanor Brighton and Chris Mason-Parker (c) 2022 Blue Safari Seychelles/Marine Conservation Society, Seychelles. Photograph taken at Alphonse group 2022.


Apogon semiornatus in Fishes of Australiahttps://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1607 (08/09/22). 
Froese, R. & D. Pauly. (Eds.) (2022). FishBase. https://www.fishbase.se/summary/8008 (08/09/22). 
Smith, M. & Heemstra, P. (Eds.) (1999). Smiths’ Sea Fishes Edition 6. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 10.1007/978-3-642-82858-4


Nevill, J.E.G., Brighton, E. & Mason-Parker, C. (2022). Apogon semiornatus, Oblique-banded cardinalfish. Seychelles Seatizens. www.seatizens.sc. https://seatizens.sc/species/apogon-semiornatus-peters-1876/

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