Zapogon evermanni (Jordan & Snyder, 1904)
Zapogon evermanni (Jordan & Snyder, 1904)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Zapogon evermanni

English Name: Evermann's cardinalfish

Creole Name:

French Name:

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


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

Small cardinalfish with elongate body and long caudal peduncle. Roundly forked caudal fin. Small ctenoid scales. Lateral-line scales large and well spaced. 

Colour. Reddish or reddish-brown. Broad dark bar on the head through the eye. A black spot on the body at the rear of the dorsal fin, followed by a small 
white spot just behind.


Maturity: Unknown. Max length : 15.0 cm TL. 

Habitat and Ecology:

Usually shelters deep inside caves and under crevices on deep outer reefs during the day (depth 5-70 m). Often swims upside-down on the cave ceiling.
Benthopelagic. Nocturnal. Emerges at night to feed on zooplankton. Solitary or in pairs. Mouthbrooder. Distinct pairing during courtship and spawning.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. 


First recorded in Seychelles at Bird Island by Randall & van Egmond (1994). 
Photo courtesy Eleanor Brighton and Chris Mason-Parker (c) 2022 Blue Safari Seychelles/Marine Conservation Society, Seychelles. 
Photograph taken at Alphonse group 2022.


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Froese, R. & D. Pauly. (Eds.) (2023). FishBase. Zapogon evermanni. (29/10/23).
Gilmore, G. & Fraser, T. (2015). Zapogon evermanni. The IUCN Red List 2015: (29/10/23).  
Randall, J.E. & van Egmond, J. (1994). Marine fishes from the Seychelles: 108 new records. Zool. Verh. Leiden 297:43-83.


Nevill, J.E.G., Brighton, E. & Mason-Parker, C. (2023). Zapogon evermanni, Evermann's cardinalfish. Seychelles Seatizens.

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