Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus (Cuvier, 1828)
Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus (Cuvier, 1828)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus

English Name: Five-lined cardinalfish

Creole Name:

French Name: Apogon à cinq lignes

IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (NE)


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

Fusiform body. Serrated operdular margin. Large caninine-like teeth on jaws. 

Colour. Whitish base colour, with five narrow black stripes on side of body. Base of caudal fin yellow with a black spot in the middle. 


Maturity: Unknown. Max length : 13.0 cm TL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits reef flats and lagoon and seaward rocky and coral reefs (depth 0-40 m). Nocturnal species. Occurs singly or in small to large aggregations. Feeds on small 
crustaceans, gastropods and fish. Shelters under ledges, in crevices and branched corals. Distinct pairing during courtship and spawning. Exhibits mouth brooding.

Fishery Status:

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


Photo. courtesy and (c) 2021 GVI/SPGA. 


Froese, R. & D. Pauly. (Eds.) (2022). FishBase. (07/07/22). 
McGrouther, M. (2021).  Australian Museum. Fiveline Cardinalfish, Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus Cuvier, 1828. (07/07/22).  


Nevill, J.E.G. (2022). Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus, Five-lined cardinalfish. Seychelles Seatizens.

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