Apogon erythrosoma Gon & Randall, 2003
Apogon erythrosoma
photo by De Vroe, J.

Family:  Apogonidae (Cardinalfishes), subfamily: Apogoninae
Max. size:  3.76 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea and the Maldive Islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 8-8. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: D VI + I,9 (second dorsal spine 1.3-1.7 in head length); A II,8; pectoral fin rays 11-12 (rarely 13); 1½ scales between lateral line and first dorsal-fin base; gill-rakers 4-5 + 12-15, developed rakers 2 + 9-12; ceratobranchial rakers 8-9; smooth preopercle ridge; edge of posterior preopercle serrated, the angle and ventral part crenulated and membranous; anterior nostril closer to upper lip than to posterior nostril; skin flap forming dorsal edge of first supraorbital pore ending laterally with a small notch under or slightly before medial margin of anterior nostril, but not reaching base of nostril’s tube; caudal-peduncle depth 2.0-2.9 in its length (Ref. 50837).
Biology:  The smallest female with mature gonads was a 2.81 cm individual (Ref. 50837).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 16.07.09
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 27.01.14

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