Also known as Bar-striped Cardinalfish, Barred-striped Cardinalfish, Broad-banded Cardinalfish, Fourband Cardinalfish, Four-banded Cardinalfish, Four-banded Soldierfish, Four-striped Cardinalfish, Indian-striped Cardinalfish, Sawcheek Cardinalfish, Striped Cardinalfish, Twostripe Cardinal, Twostripe Cardinalfish, Two-striped Cardinalfish.
Found in pairs and schools during the day sheltering on mud, sand, and weedy bottoms, dispersing at night to forage for food over lagoons and coastal reefs.
They feed nocturnally on zooplankton.
Juveniles found sheltering in sea anemones.
Length - 10cm
Depth - 2-128m
Widespread Eastern Mediterranean, Indo-West Pacific
Males incubate their eggs inside their mouths, as the egg masses increase in size they can be found with wide open mouths where they shift the eggs around to aerate the egg masses. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/6605