Banggai Cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni

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Banggai Cardinalfish.  Once thought to be found at Banggai Island near Sulawesi, Indonesia, it has recently been found at Lembeh Strait and elsewhere.  The male incubates the egg mass in his mouth, then shelters a brood of 10-15 babies in his mouth after they hatch, the only fish known to exhibit this behaviour.  Unfortunately, the aquarium trade is threatening the survival of this species in the wild., Pterapogon kauderni, natural history stock photograph, photo id 09232
Banggai Cardinalfish. Once thought to be found at Banggai Island near Sulawesi, Indonesia, it has recently been found at Lembeh Strait and elsewhere. The male incubates the egg mass in his mouth, then shelters a brood of 10-15 babies in his mouth after they hatch, the only fish known to exhibit this behaviour. Unfortunately, the aquarium trade is threatening the survival of this species in the wild.

Species: Banggai cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni
Image ID: 09232
Format: Digital 3:2
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