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Foto: Jaragua National Park, Dominikanische Republik
Kardinalbarsch in seiner Wirtsmuschel Uploaded by AndiV. Courtesy of the author Serge Aucoin; Kanada Image detail
lexID: 11887 AphiaID: 279774 Scientific: Astrapogon stellatus German: "Muschel"-Kardinalbarsch English: Conchfish Category: Cardinalfishes Family tree: Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Apogonidae (Family) > Astrapogon (Genus) > stellatus (Species) Initial determination: (Cope, ), 1867 Occurrence: , Suriname , Guadeloupe , Barbados Sint Eustatius and Saba, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Florida, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Gulf of Mexico, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin / Sint Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South America, The Bahamas, the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands, the Netherlands Antilles, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, USA, Venezuela, Virgin Islands, U.S., West-Atlantic Ocean Sea depth: 1 - 40 Meter Size: up to 3.15" (8 cm) Temperature: 77 °F - 82.4 °F (25°C - 28°C) Food: Amphipods, Copepods, Daphnia salina Difficulty: Not suitable for home aquaria! Offspring: Not available as offspring Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown CITES: Not evaluated Red List: Data deficient (DD) Related species at Catalog of Life:
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Created: 2019-01-07 19:10:34
Last edit: 2020-03-16 08:06:59
Very special thanks for his wonderful photo of Astrapogon stellatus in its conch to Serge Aucoin.
The cardinalfish Astrapogon stellatus hides himself during the daytime in its host conch, Strombus gigas, Atrina rigida or Pinna carnea.
This relationsship is called "Commensalism", the cardinalfish gains the benefit of protection agains predatory fishes and the conch is not harmed.
During the night, the mouthbrooding fish leaves the conch to hunt small crustaceans like copepods and amphipods.
What a wonderful biological interaction between two species!
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