Species Spotlight: Banggai Cardinalfish

Learn more about what makes Banggai cardinalfish unique!

Published November 16, 2017

The Banggai cardinalfish can be found in the Banggai Islands in Indonesia. They are commonly found around structures such as jetties, in areas with silty sand bottoms and seagrass.


Their shiny, silvery bodies are distinctively marked with three vertical black bars—one running down their heads and the other two down their bodies. The Banggai cardinalfish is marked with white dots, which form a pattern unique to each individual. Their front dorsal fins are tasseled, and their dorsal and caudal fins are elongated. 

The Banggai cardinalfish can grow up to 3 inches in length. They hide among the spines of sea urchins for protection against predators. The Banggai, along with most other members of the cardinalfish family, feeds on plankton and small, bottom-dwelling crustaceans. 

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