Orbicular Cardinalfish (Sphaeramia orbicularis)

Also known as Chubby Cardinal, Chubby Cardinalfish, Orbic Cardinalfish, Orbiculate Cardinalfish, Orbiculated Cardinalfish, Polka-dot Cardinalfish

Description

Also known as Chubby Cardinal, Chubby Cardinalfish, Orbic Cardinalfish, Orbiculate Cardinalfish, Orbiculated Cardinalfish, Polka-dot Cardinalfish.

Found in small schools during the day around debris, mangroves, piers and rocks dispersing at night to forage for food over very shallow sheltered shorelines.
They feed nocturnally on planktonic crustaceans.
Length - 10cm
Depth - 0-5m
Widespread Indo-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/4926

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