Ghost Cardinalfish

The Ghost Cardinalfish (Apogon leptacanthus or Zoramia leptacantha) is a marine (saltwater) fish in the Apogonidae family.

The Ghost Cardinalfish has a compressed body with a large head, large mouth, and large round eyes. Its lower jaw protrudes over its upper jaw. It is silver with a light-black bar on the caudal fin. Underneath its eyes is a thin, black line extending backwards. It has two dorsal (back) fins.

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Auratus Cichlid

The Auratus Cichlid (Melanochromis auratus) is a small freshwater fish in the Cichlid family. It is also known as the Golden Mbuna and the Malawi Golden Cichlid. 

The Auratus Cichlid is elongated with a silver sheen and black and white stripes on the upper half of its body. The male is dark brown or black with a light-bluish or yellow stripe. The female is bright yellow with black and white stripes. 

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Arapaima

The Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) is a large freshwater fish in the Arapaimidae family of bonytongue fish. It is also known as Pirarcu. 

The Arapaima has mainly grey to grey-green scales, with red flecks near its tail. It has an elongated body. It is an air-breather, so it has lungs, but it also has gills to breathe underwater. It surfaces for air about every 5-15 minutes.  

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Cardinalfish

The Cardinalfish (Apogon imberbis) is a marine (saltwater) fish in the Apogonidae family. It is also known as the Mediterranean Cardinalfish or the King of the Mullets.

The Cardinalfish has a compressed body with a large head and a large mouth. Its lower jaw protrudes over its upper jaw. It is reddish-pink with a round black eye. It has two or three dark spots on the base of its caudal fin. 

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Banggai Cardinalfish

The Banggai Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) is an endangered tropical marine (saltwater) fish.

The Banggai Cardinalfish is pale whitish-beige with black vertical bands. It has a black vertical band running through its eyes. It has a long dorsal fin behind a smaller tasseled fin. Its pelvic fins are broad. It has a deeply-forked tail. Along its tail and across its body are a series of small white spots.

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Mouthbrooding

What is mouthbrooding?

Mouthbrooding is when female fish look after their young by putting them in their mouth. The baby fish, called fry, can move in and out of their mother’s mouth without being eaten.