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Banggai Cardinalfish

BAD Fish

Scientific Name Pterapogon kauderni

Other Name(s) Kaudern's Cardinal

Care Level


Banggai Cardinalfish

BAD Fish

Tan with white spots; 3 black bars, outlined in white; all fins very elongated. Wild Banggai Cardinalfish are threatened with extinction from the aquarium trade. Availability of captive-bred individuals has not sufficiently reduced threat to wild populations, therefore all Banggai Cardinalfish should be avoided.