Species Details

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Common Name: Fiveband Cardinalfish, Five-line Cardinalfish
Scientific Name: Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus
Local Name: -
Dhivehi Name: -
Animalia  (Kingdom)
Chordata  (Plylum)
Teleostei  (Class)
Perciformes  (Order)
Apogonidae  (Family)
Cheilodipterus   (Genus)

Five-lined cardinalfish's description

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.

Five-lined cardinalfish's Conservation

Abundant in reefs of Maldives.

Five-lined cardinalfish habitat

This nocturnal species (Paxton et al. 1989) occurs singly or in small aggregations near corals, rocks, caves, seagrass, weeds and Diadema sea urchins in coastal, silty to outer reef walls, and lagoons (Allen and Erdmann 2012, Kuiter and Kozawa 2019). This species did not show strong association with any one microhabitat and was frequently located in the water column and above sand and reef microhabitats at night (Marnane and Bellwood 2002). The maximum total length is 13 cm.

Five-lined cardinalfish threats

This species is a component of the marine ornamental trade, but the potential impact is unknown.

Five-lined cardinalfish's status