| Ecological Descriptors
Body elongated, with big eyes. Body orangish red or bronze to pink or salmon, with 2 dark bars - from the rear dorsal fin to the anal fin and at the base of the tail. Can pale significantly from the reddish form.
From gravel pits and rock ledges at the sea's edge to clear reefs, down to 60 m, as well as in patch reef and mangrove habitats. Remains hidden in cracks and crevices during the day. Sometimes seen between the spines of the long-spined urchin (Diadema antillarum). It is a nocturnal planktivore.
Males are mouth brooders and do not feed until the eggs hatch. The eggs in the oral cavity also impede respiration, hence such males are rather secretive and quiescent. They form distinct pairs during courtship and breed throughout the year.
Barred Cardinalfish (pale)
(C) JE Randall
Barred Cardinalfish (red)