The five-lined cardinalfish (Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus), is a species of marine fish in the family Apogonidae.
Short description - Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 8. Characterized by having dorsal fin rays VI-I, 9; anal fin rays II,8; pectoral fin rays 12; pelvic fin rays I, 5; pored lateral line scales 24-25; predorsal scales 6; circumpeduncular scales 12; large canine-like teeth on jaws; serrated preopercular margin; characterized further by pale grey color to whitish with five narrow black stripes; base of caudal fin yellow; greatest depth of body 3.1-3.7 in SL
Five-lined cardinalfish's Behavior & Ecology
Inhabits reef flats and lagoon and seaward reefs to a depth of 40 m or more. Occurs singly or in small to large aggregations, taking shelter in dark crevices, branched coral, under ledges, and among the spines of Diadema setosum.
Five-lined cardinalfish's Feeding
Feeds on small crustaceans and gastropods, also on small fishes.
Five-lined cardinalfish's Reproduction
Mouthbrooders. Distinct pairing during courtship and spawning.